Pascal Siakam might not return to Raptors lineup until after all-star break under NBA protocols

The first half of the NBA season may be over for Pascal Siakam of the Raptors.According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the all-star forward will miss at least the next three games under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.Siakam sat out Friday’s win over Houston, the first time this season that a Raptors player had missed a game for reasons related to the pandemic. The team announced Saturday afternoon that he will not play Sunday against Chicago. The future of coach Nick Nurse and the five assistants who were also forced out Friday for the same reason remained unclear. The Raptors did not announce who would coach the team Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.Sergio Scariolo, with a makeshift staff of Jim Sann, Jamaal Magloire and Mark Tyndale, coached Friday with Nurse, Adrian Griffin, Jon Goodwillie, Jama Mahlalela, Fabulous Flournoy and John Corbacio all out.Being ruled out under the league’s health and safety protocol does not necessarily mean a player, coach or official has tested positive for COVID-19. They could have been in close contact with someone who has, requiring insolation for up to a week followed by a series of negative test results before returning to full team activities.There has been no official indication of who, if anyone, connected with the Raptors has tested positive. An isolation/quarantine period would mean staying away from the team until after next weekend’s all-star break.Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

Pascal Siakam might not return to Raptors lineup until after all-star break under NBA protocols

The first half of the NBA season may be over for Pascal Siakam of the Raptors.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the all-star forward will miss at least the next three games under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.

Siakam sat out Friday’s win over Houston, the first time this season that a Raptors player had missed a game for reasons related to the pandemic. The team announced Saturday afternoon that he will not play Sunday against Chicago.

The future of coach Nick Nurse and the five assistants who were also forced out Friday for the same reason remained unclear. The Raptors did not announce who would coach the team Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.

Sergio Scariolo, with a makeshift staff of Jim Sann, Jamaal Magloire and Mark Tyndale, coached Friday with Nurse, Adrian Griffin, Jon Goodwillie, Jama Mahlalela, Fabulous Flournoy and John Corbacio all out.

Being ruled out under the league’s health and safety protocol does not necessarily mean a player, coach or official has tested positive for COVID-19. They could have been in close contact with someone who has, requiring insolation for up to a week followed by a series of negative test results before returning to full team activities.

There has been no official indication of who, if anyone, connected with the Raptors has tested positive. An isolation/quarantine period would mean staying away from the team until after next weekend’s all-star break.

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

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