Siakam Out, League Continues to Monitor Raptors COVID-19 Situation
Not much is clear from the Toronto Raptors virus outbreak, but it appears as though the league is hopeful that the team can return to play tomorrow against the Detroit Pistons.
Last week, Nick Nurse, five of his assistants as well as Pascal Siakam were unavailable due to the league’s health and safety protocol when the Raptors took on the Houston Rockets. Things got worse in the days following the team’s win as their contest against the Chicago Bulls was pushed back while their game against the Pistons was moved to Wednesday.
“Because of positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within the Raptors, the team will not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game against the Bulls,” the NBA press release stated on Sunday morning.
It has also since been confirmed that Siakam will remain out until after the All-Star break.
“You can probably imagine it’s just the natural course of how groups work,” general manager Bobby Webster said. “So, if your department or whatever group at your work, if someone had an exposure or somebody within that group you go back and say who did you hang out with and who were you around the most? Who do you sit with on the plane? Who do you sit with on the bus? And so I think it kind of defaulted into that is groups by department.”
It remains to be unknown whether the Raptors will be eligible to suit up tomorrow, but surely more information will come out as the day goes on.