Raptors' Pascal Siakam 'doubtful' for Game 4 with injury

May 4 2019, 4:53 pm

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The Toronto Raptors delivered some concerning news on the eve of Game 4 in Philadelphia.

Saturday’s injury report officially lists Pascal Siakam as ‘doubtful’ to play the Raptors’ most important game of the season, due to a right calf contusion.

Siakam says he doesn’t know how or when he hurt his leg, though there is some speculation that he may have banged it up while trying to trip Joel Embiid in Game 3 on Thursday.

Siakam told reporters that he would test out his leg at practice and again before Sunday afternoon’s game (12:30 pm PT / 3:30 pm ET on TSN). Head coach Nick Nurse says he hasn’t been ruled out, so there is hope for the most improved player in the NBA this season.

After Kawhi Leonard, there is no more important player to the Raptors right now than Siakam. The 25-year-old Cameroon native is averaging 22.9 points in the postseason, and has over 20 points in all three games against the 76ers.

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If Siakam can’t play, the Raptors will need much stronger contributions from other players – something they have been desperately missing through three games. That could come from Kyle Lowry, who essentially said as much after Game 3. Down 2-1 in the series, Lowry called Sunday’s game a “must-win.”

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