Coming off a Pistons game on Wednesday where both Norman Powell and Marc Gasol left the game with severe-looking injuries, the Raptors updated the injury status of those two players — with even more devastating news added in.
According to the team, all three of Powell, Gasol, and Pascal Siakam are out indefinitely.
Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell all out indefinitely. As feared, Powell has a subluxation of that shoulder again. Siakam sufferer a “stretched groin.” pic.twitter.com/w0GjYizHvM— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) December 20, 2019
Siakam’s news comes as the biggest surprise, as he suffered what the team is calling a “stretched groin”. While the defending Most Improved Player seemed in good spirits post-game, further evaluation obviously discovered something that is going to keep him out for a while.
The Gasol news confirms what was reported earlier today by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and is concerning just based on what we saw — a non-contact hamstring injury tends to be pretty hard on NBA players, especially aging bigs like Gasol.
Finally, for Powell, the news was also the worst possible scenario. It’s a repeat subluxation of the left shoulder, the same injury that kept Powell out for 21 games in 2018-19 from mid-November to mid-December.
Add this to injuries to Fred VanVleet — who should be returning in the next week — as well as Matt Thomas and Stanley Johnson, and you’re left with a very thin Raptors team that has its Christmas Day plans spoiled a bit.
A lot more burden now falls on the trio of Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and Serge Ibaka. We’re also going to see big minutes for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Terence Davis again — Toronto will need those two to be as good as they were during the Lowry and Ibaka injuries in order to stay afloat with the other top four teams in the East.
All said, though, this is mostly just a bummer. We’ll have more in the coming days.