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Raptors’ Pascal Siakam expected to miss rest of first-half games with COVID-19 protocols

Pascal Siakam, Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have turned their season around after starting 2-8 in the first ten games. The Raptors are now 16-17 and sitting in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. A big part of the Raptors’ recent success has come from the improved play of Pascal Siakam.

Siakam is tied with Fred VanVleet with the most points per game with 20.1, and his 7.5 rebounds per game are a team-high. Siakam missed last night’s game against the Houston Rockets and now it’s reported he will miss the final three games before the All-Star break.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Siakam is expected to remain in the league’s Health and Safety protocol through the All-Star break.

The 26-year-old has missed just four games this season, but Friday’s against the Rockets was the first time it was for health and safety protocols.

Now, it’s unclear if Siakam’s COVID-19 issues are related to the issues that the Raptors coaching staff is dealing with. Head coach Nick Nurse and five assistant coaches were ruled out of Friday night’s game due to the protocols as well.

The Raptors are scheduled to play the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, and then wrap up their first-half schedule on Thursday against the Boston Celtics. The second half of their season will begin on March 11th, at home, against the Atlanta Hawks.