Toronto Raptors Prevail, But Lose Marc Gasol, Norman Powell in the Win
Over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors torched the New Orleans Pelicans but lost Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka in the process.
On Wednesday night, the reigning NBA champions were struck with dejà vué, as they beat the Detroit Pistons but at the cost of losing Norman Powell and Marc Gasol to injury. Gasol left the game early with what was reported as a hamstring strain, while Powell left the game in the fourth quarter in noticeable pain holding onto his shoulder. He was wearing a sling following the contest.
“A win with a heavy price,” head coach Nick Nurse said following the 112-99 victory. “Don’t know much. We’ve got to check them both tomorrow.”
As Fred VanVleet works his way back from injury, this was yet another tough blow for the Raptors who have struggled to remain healthy consistently through the first two months of the season.
“We avoided the injury bug last year, and that really helped us throughout the whole year,” Kyle Lowry said. “It’s pretty tough for our team, but we’ve got a bunch of guys that have to step up now, and hopefully it’s nothing serious with those two guys.”
Being the leader of the team, Lowry led the charge against the team’s former coach Dwane Casey, finishing with a 20 point, 10 rebound, and 10 assist triple-double. Pascal Siakam chipped in with 26 points, while OG Anunoby scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards. Serge Ibaka, who was forced to play extended minutes in the absence of Gasol finished the night with 25 points and 13 rebounds.
“You never want to give up that many points, but I liked our start, I liked our effort and I like the competitive edge,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “If we can keep that up, we can build on that, but that’s still one of the best teams in our league.”
Both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond returned to the Pistons lineup in the loss. Drummond notched yet another double-double, totalling 22 points and 18 rebounds.
As the Raptors now await the statuses of their injured players, they return back home, winners of their last three games and will take on the Washington Wizards on Friday night.