Raptors benching Siakam for tonight's game against New York

Dec 31 2020, 4:30 pm

Nick Nurse is offering up some tough love for one of his star players tonight.

Pascal Siakam is being benched for tonight’s game against the New York Knicks, according to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Siakam is healthy, but won’t play, as discipline for leaving the floor early last game, according to Charania. Siakam fouled out late in the Raptors’ loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday, but instead of remaining on the bench, he went straight to the locker room.

Norman Powell is taking Siakam’s spot in the starting lineup, as pressure mounts on the Raptors in just their fourth game of the season. The Raptors are 0-3 to start the season for the first time in 15 years, blowing double digit leads in all three games to New Orleans, San Antonio, and Philadelphia.

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