Raptors Star F Pascal Siakam Cleared for Contact Practice

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November 25, 2022

According to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg, the Toronto Raptors received good news as star forward Pascal Siakam was cleared for contact practice.

Siakam has been sidelined since November 6 after suffering a right abductor strain in Toronto’s 111-110 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The 28-year-old practiced in full on Friday and is targeting a return sometime next week. Before the injury, Siakam was playing some of the best basketball of his career, posting per-game averages of 24.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.7 assists across nine appearances.

Also on the Raptors injury front, Fred VanVleet (illness), Dalano Banton (illness/ankle), and Scottie Barnes (knee) are all listed as questionable for Saturday’s contest against the Mavs. While VanVleet and Banton practiced on Friday, Barnes remained sidelined, leaving Thaddeus Young in a position to potentially earn another start. Young has been fantastic for Toronto of late, providing first-round fantasy value over the past week, and would be a solid DFS play at his current FanDuel price of $5,900 if Barnes is ruled out.

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