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X-rays negative on Raptors Scottie Barnes but MRI Sunday will tell story

Scottie Barnes in Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers - Game One

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 16: Scottie Barnes #4 of the Toronto Raptors receives medical attention during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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In his first playoff game, Scottie Barnes showed why he is in the mix to win Rookie of the Year — while the rest of the team played like the November version of the Raptors, Barnes kept a steady head, steadied the offense, and had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Then the basketball gods changed everything. In the third quarter, the 76ers’ Joel Embiid spun toward the middle and unintentionally stepped on Barnes’ foot and rolled up it and his ankle. Barnes had to leave the game and did not return.

The X-rays on Barnes’ foot were negative but the MRI Sunday will determine if he can play again this series, coach Nick Nurse said after the game.

Barnes averaged 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds a game this season, plus was a key part of the long, switch-everything defense that propelled the Raptors into the playoffs. He will be missed if he can’t go the rest of the series.

Philadelphia went on to win Game 1 comfortably, 131-111.