Injury Update: Pascal Siakam doubtful for Game 4 with calf contusion

Pascal Siakam has a calf contusion. Is it time to panic? If the outcome of Game 3 left you feeling queasy, the news out of Philadelphia today isn’t going to make you feel any better:

Pascal Siakam is doubtful for Game 4 with a calf contusion.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 4, 2019

I don’t think I need to overstate the obvious here: if Pascal Siakam can’t play, or even if he’s limited, the Raptors are in serious trouble. Siakam has easily been the Raptors’ second best player in this series thus far (a low bar, to be sure, but still), and his absence means more minutes for Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell (who have been disastrous to date).
To date in this post-season, SIakam’s averaging a studly 22.9 / 7.4 / 2.5 on a 58.8 True Shooting percentage and a Usage Rate of 25.9. At times — including Game 3 — he’s been the only willing scorer on the team outside of Kawhi Leonard, and his absence will only stand to ramp up the double teams Leonard will face when he’s asked to run the offense.
If there’s any hope for Game 4 success, it is due to Kawhi. He remains the best player in the series, …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ