The All-Star power forward’s right adductor injury has kept him out of action for the Toronto Raptors for the past eight games. The team stated when he initially suffered the injury in early November that he will be re-evaluated in two weeks. There hasn’t been a significant update on Siakam’s current injury status in almost three weeks.
Without their star, life has been challenging for the Raptors. Without Siakam in the lineup, they have a 4-4 record, so it is obvious that Toronto would love to get him back as soon as possible.
In Siakam’s absence, Fred VanVleet has been doing all in his power to shoulder the weight for the Raptors. However, even FVV is the first to acknowledge that the team has truly struggled without Siakam:
Though not perfect, it’s hardly the worst thing in the world either. Using Siakam out of the equation, VanVleet commented on his appraisal of the Raptors, according to Mike Ganter of the Montreal Gazette.
Our greatest player, the one we’ve been playing through, doesn’t appear to be there. Not just our finest player, but also someone with whom we have a long history of play. He has been the center of everything. There will likely be some transitional times and phases, but hopefully, he won’t be out permanently. When he returns, he’ll be there.
Even VanVleet himself doesn’t appear overly optimistic about Siakam’s impending return. Groin injuries can be complicated, so you can count on the Raptors to handle their star’s ailment cautiously going ahead.
The Raptors’ only option in the meanwhile is to make every effort to keep the ship afloat. It’s been a challenging request, but the crew deserves praise for their perseverance:
VanVleet noted that we’ve had some solid performances. Some of the players, in my opinion, played well during that time. It hasn’t resulted in eight victories. Before Pascal returns, we need to eke out a few more victories.
On Wednesday, the resurgent Brooklyn Nets will be the opponent of the 9-8 Raptors, who will thereafter resume play. They only have two games this week, so Siakam should have more time to rest. In light of Pascal Siakam’s injury, Fred VanVleet exposes the hard reality that the Raptors must deal with.