The days of watching Kyle Lowry battle the world may be coming to an end. According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Raptors forward and would-be All-Star Pascal Siakam is set to return from injury within the next week after continuing his on-court work.
Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam is expected to practice Friday with hopes of returning to lineup in the next week, league sources tell ESPN. He’s been out since Dec. 18 with a groin injury.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 10, 2020
Siakam’s injury was announced after the Raptors game in Detroit on December 18, which we can now remember as a sort of black plague in Toronto basketball history. In a game where Norman Powell and Marc Gasol also left due to injury, Siakam pulled his groin on an awkward layup attempt and ended up being out for three weeks.
This season, Siakam has filled much of the void left by Kawhi Leonard in terms of raw production. He’s averaged 25.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 27 games, shooting 45.7% from the field and 39.2% from three on 6.3 attempts per game.
For an offence that’s been looking out of sorts when Kyle Lowry goes to the bench, the return of Siakam — and the likely return of Norman Powell in the near future — is going to be massive for a Raptors team that’s still in the hunt for the Eastern Conference second seed.