Fresh off their first championship campaign in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors continue to get hammered with injuries early on this season. According to The Athletic’s Blake Murphy, forward Pascal Siakam will be out indefinitely with a groin injury. Siakam will join teammates Marc Gasol and Norman Powell on the sidelines for at least the next few weeks.
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
Perhaps the surprise story of the entire NBA last season, we saw Pascal Siakam blossom into a star before our very eyes in 2018. The versatile forward was building on last year’s success early this season too, but will now have to work his way back from this groin injury.
Siakam averaged over 25 points per game to go along with 8 rebounds through Toronto’s first 27 games this season. In fact, the 25-year-old was even getting some early MVP-buzz, especially considering how well Toronto has played this season after losing Kawhi Leonard.
However, this recent hamstring injury will put a damper on what was turning out to be an explosive season for Siakam. He kept finding ways to incorporate new elements into his game which made him one of the most dangerous weapons in the entire Eastern Conference. However, with him and Gasol now both set to miss extended time, expect Toronto to rely heavily on veteran big Serge Ibaka over the next few weeks.