Raptors’ Siakam set to return after offseason operation


Pascal Siakam celebrates behind as he recovers from shoulder surgery. (Richard Lautens / Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The Toronto Raptors are on fire right now, winners in their last five games and among the best in the East with a 6-3 record. And it looks like they could get a big boost very soon.

Ahead of Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, head coach Nick Nurse told reporters star forward Pascal Siakam is set to return from injury.

“Maybe we’ll see him next week on the pitch,” Nurse said on Friday, adding that Siakam had ticked all the boxes in his rehab, but would likely be limited in minutes when he returned.

The former Most Improved Player award winner missed all of training camp and the regular season as he recovers from shoulder surgery in the offseason to repair a partially torn labrum suffered last May.

Siakam has been training for several weeks, including a conditioning stint with the 905 Raptors, the Toronto G League affiliate.

In Siakam’s absence, forwards OG Anunoby and rookie Scottie Barnes dominated on the front row and led the Raptors in their hot start. Barnes leads all NBA rookies with 18.8 points per game, while Anunoby embraced his scoring role, scoring a career-high 36 points against the New York Knicks on Monday.

In 56 games last season, the Cameroonian averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, while shooting 45.5% from the field and 29.7% from three.

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