Toronto Raptors star forward Pascal Siakam has sustained a right adductor muscle strain.
Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam has sustained a right adductor muscle strain that will keep him out for two weeks, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. It’s being reported that Siakam suffered the groin injury during Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. He logged 31 minutes in that contest, finishing with a stat line of 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and one steal. It was only the first time that Siakam scored under 20 points this season, and the Raptors lost that game to the Mavericks by just one point.
Pascal Siakam, who was the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has become the go-to-guy for the Raptors. Along with scoring point guard Fred VanVleet, Siakam has been a steadying hand for an otherwise very young Toronto squad. He has taken his individual brilliance to another level this season, as he is averaging career-highs of 24.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.7 assists per contest, while shooting a decent 47.9% overall clip from the field.
Siakam has taken the mantle in the Raptors’ nest since superstar forward Kawhi Leonard left the team and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2019. During the early years of his career, people viewed the 6-foot-9 Siakam as a good role player at best — a notion that he shut down when he notched his first NBA All-Star appearance in 2020.
The Raptors are currently holding a 5-4 record in the Eastern Conference standings. Without the services of Siakam, they will face an uphill climb in their next assignments, which include battles with the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and Atlanta Hawks.