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Raptors clear Siakam, Vanvleet, Flynn, and McCaw from Covid Protocols

Aug 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and guard Fred VanVleet (23) and forward Pascal Siakam (43) talk in the first half against the Orlando Magic during an NBA basketball game at Visa Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Pascal Siakam, Fred Vanvleet, Malachi Flynn, and Patrick McCaw have all cleared from NBA Covid protocols for the first time in 3 weeks. After losing 5 straight games, the Toronto Raptors are finally coming together again.

Furthermore, this would make Siakam, Vanvleet, Flynn, and McCaw all eligible for tomorrow’s game against the Detroit Pistons.

Raptors struggles without 3 starters

Due to Covid Protocols, the Toronto Raptors dropped the last 7 out of 10 games. With the absence of 3 starting players, Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell had to carry the load.

Mar 4, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) talks with guard Norman Powell (24) during a break in the action against the Boston Celtics in the third quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

In the past 5 games, Kyle Lowry averaged 18.2 points, 10.6 assists, and 5.0 rebounds. He also played 36.3 minutes a game.

Norman Powell averaged 27.8 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.4 rebounds on 52.7% FG%, with a 3P% of 44.7%. Powell also averaged 35.7 minutes in the last 5 games.

The Return of Fred Vanvleet and Pascal Siakam

The return of Fred Vanvleet and Pascal Siakam is huge for the Raptors. Vanvleet and Siakam are both starters who were a big part of the Raptors’ success when they were one of the league’s hottest teams.

Nov 13, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) celebrates with guard Fred VanVleet (23) after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at Moda Center. The Raptors won 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Fred Vanvleet had a solid case to be an all-star before he isolated himself from the team due to Covid protocols. He is averaging 20.1 points, 6.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game in the 2020-21 season.

Siakam was struggling early in the season; however, he has improved as the season went along. Siakam is averaging 20.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 30 games played.

The Raptors will attempt to break their losing streak on Wednesday night against the Pistons.

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2 responses to “Raptors clear Siakam, Vanvleet, Flynn, and McCaw from Covid Protocols”

  1. […] and Vanvleet made their first appearance on the court after being absent for almost 3 weeks due to covid protocols. Vanvleet had 12 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals while Siakam had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 […]

  2. […] For the first time in a while, the Raptors will have their starting lineup back together. Vanvleet and Siakam made their return on Wednesday night against the Pistons. […]

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