Gary Trent Jr. Ruled Out in Clash Against Celtics

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The Toronto Raptors are set to play the Boston Celtics on Saturday night without Gary Trent Jr., according to Underdog NBA.

Trent is unavailable due to a right foot condition known as plantar fasciitis, which was initially listed as doubtful by the team. This marks his first appearance on the injury report this season.

Toronto had anticipated being close to full strength on Saturday, with Precious Achiuwa nearing a return, although he remains questionable with a left groin strain. The latest update suggests that he has resumed practice and he will likely be available for the Celtics game. 

On Friday, Trent was seen participating in drills and working with Raptors coach Darko Rajaković. Initially, he was not included on the injury report.

With Trent sidelined, the Raptors will likely rely more on Otto Porter Jr. as the backup shooting guard.

Porter has become a valuable asset off the bench for the Raptors, especially after missing most of last season. He may be joined by Malachi Flynn, Chris Boucher, and potentially Jalen McDaniels.

It remains uncertain if Trent has been dealing with this injury throughout the season.

His current season averages stand at 10.4 points with a shooting percentage of 36.9%. Notably, he did not show signs of injury in Toronto’s recent game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

In addition to Trent, Christian Koloko is also unavailable for Toronto due to an ongoing respiratory issue.

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