The Raptors have been dealing without their star Pascal Siakam who has been out with a groin injury. The 28-year-old Cameroonian forward has missed 8 game so far.
Toronto is 4-4 in the games without Siakam. Overall, the team is 9-8 which is good enough for the 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
Fred VanVleet, who became an All-Star last year for the first time in his career, says that missing Siakam is playing without the team’s best player. But he admits that the Raptors’ record without him is not that bad either.
“Not as good as you would like, but certainly not the worst thing in the world,” offered Fred VanVleet when asked for his assessment of the Raptors efforts without Siakam. “It looks like we don’t have our best player out there, the guy we’ve been playing through. Not only our best player but somebody who we’ve been playing through for however many games. Everything has been going through him. There will be some adjustment periods and phases and hopefully he won’t be out forever. He’ll be back whenever he’s back.”
This season Siakam is averaging 24.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 35.7 minutes per game.