After missing 24 consecutive NBA games due to a ligament tear in his right ankle, Precious Achiuwa, says he feels good and is excited to be back in action for the Toronto Raptors.
Having last played for the team on November 10 in a 116-109 win over the Houston Rockets, Achiuwa returned to action with the Raptors in their 122-114 loss to the Indiana Pacers at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Achiuwa, who was eased into the game by coach Nick Nurse was on the court for 12 minutes. He contributed three points, two assists, three blocks and one steal in the loss. Speaking after the game, D’Tigers forward said he was excited to be back on the court after being out for such a long time.
“It felt good to be back in action. I was out of game shape because I haven’t played for so long but it felt good to finally be out there playing,” Achiuwa told NBA.com after the game.
Raptors coach, Nick Nurse, said although he felt the Nigerian was shaky in his first introduction, he bounced back from the rustiness and played a good game despite the loss.
“Precious, his first introduction was a little shaky but the second time he came in, was really good. He was very active playing good defence and was on the glass. I thought he played with good energy and it was great to see him out three again,” Nurse told NBA.com after the game.