Raptors’ Chris Boucher out with MCL sprain in left knee

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It felt like it could have been worse at the time. Raptors’ big man Chris Boucher was down on the floor grabbing his knee during the team’s win over the Nets on Wednesday night. He was in a lot of pain.

The diagnosis is a sprained left MCL, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic and later confirmed by the Raptors. 

While the Raptors say he will be re-evaluated in a week, traditionally this injury has a player out 2-3 weeks.

Boucher can make a case for Most Improved Player this season, stepping up with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka gone and averaging 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game, and he has a very efficient 63.9 true shooting percentage. Boucher has been one of the Raptors’ better players this season.

Boucher has a non-guaranteed $7 million contract with Toronto for next season but the team is expected to pick that up; he would earn a lot more than that on the open market after his play this season.