Siakam of the Raptors could play next week

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TORONTO – Pascal Siakam could finally debut next week.

The star-studded Toronto Raptors forward is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but coach Nick Nurse said Siakam’s return is imminent.

“It’s getting closer every day,” Nurse said Friday before the Raptors game against the visit from Cleveland. “Everything went pretty well. It has achieved all the ticks and everything it should be, or maybe even a little further on.

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“I guess maybe next week we will see him on the pitch. . . He has been practicing contact for over a week. This was all quite short. The practices are not long. He also did a couple of runs with the 905 (Toronto affiliate in the G League).

The Raptors have no matches on Mondays and Tuesdays, so the nurse said he will probably do a “long training” to assess Siakam’s readiness.

The Raptors are in Boston on Wednesday and Philadelphia on Thursday before hosting Detroit on November 13.

Siakam averaged 21.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season for Toronto.

The five-foot-eight striker participated in the shooting practice during the warm-up for Friday’s match.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 5, 2021.

© 2021 The Canadian press

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