How long is Scottie Barnes out? Wrist injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Raptors forward

By | March 21, 2023

The Raptors’ push to qualify for the NBA Playoffs is largely dependent on health, meaning any injury setback complicates matters.

Scottie Barnes, who has been Toronto’s most durable player this season, is now dealing with a wrist injury that could impact his availability. It’s no secret that the Raptors can’t reach their full potential if Barnes is not close to 100 percent.

What’s next for Barnes and the Raptors? Here’s what we know about the status of last season’s Rookie of the Year.


What is Scottie Barnes’ injury?

Late in the second quarter of a loss to the Bucks on March 19, Barnes appeared to suffer a left wrist injury while guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo. Barnes exited the court shortly before halftime and was later ruled out for the rest of the game.

Here is the play in which Barnes appeared to injure his wrist:

X-rays on Barnes’ wrist were negative.

Barnes, who has appeared in a team-high 69 games this season, is averaging 15.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this year, a strong encore to his standout rookie campaign.

How long will Scottie Barnes be out?

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told the media that Barnes is considered day-to-day.

The injury comes with just 10 games remaining in the regular season. Toronto enters a crucial stretch in which it could move up to eighth in the East standings, potentially giving the team an advantage in the Play-In Tournament.

Here are the final games of the Raptors’ season:

Date Opponent Time (ET TV channel (U.S.) TV channel (Canada)
March 22 vs. Pacers 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet
March 24 vs. Pistons 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet
March 26 vs. Wizards 6 p.m. Sportsnet
March 28 vs. Heat 7:30 p.m. TNT TSN
March 31 at 76ers 7 p.m. Sportsnet
April 2 at Hornets 1 p.m. Sportsnet
April 4 at Hornets 7 p.m. TSN
April 5 at Celtics 7:30 p.m. TSN
April 7 at Celtics 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet
April 9 vs. Bucks 1 p.m. Sportsnet
April 11-14 Play-In Tournament TBD ESPN/TNT TBD

Scottie Barnes career stats, highlights

  • 15.4 points per game
  • 7.2 rebounds per game
  • 4.1 assists per game
  • 1.0 steals per game
  • 47.3 percent field goal shooting
  • 29.9 percent 3-point field goal shooting
  • 75.5 percent free throw shooting