The Raptors performed with out ahead Pascal Siakam in opposition to the Knicks on Thursday. The staff reportedly benched him as punishment for his leaving the court docket earlier than the top of Toronto’s loss to the 76ers on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Siakam went straight to the locker room after fouling out with 25 seconds remaining within the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse informed reporters after the recreation (per Doug Smith of the Toronto Star) that he would “deal with” the walk-off when he returned to the locker room.

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Sportsnet’s Michael Grange reported Thursday that Siakam is “understanding” of the choice to take a seat him and is predicted to be obtainable for Toronto’s first recreation of 2021, which is ready for Saturday in New Orleans.

Norman Powell began in Siakam’s place in opposition to New York. Powell struggled within the season’s opening week (17.Four % taking pictures from the sphere), however Nurse informed reporters earlier than the 76ers recreation that the ahead had earned a “longer leash” due to his previous contributions.

“I’ve received to play that out, proceed to play that out till he will get on observe,” Nurse stated, per Smith.

Siakam, 26, averaged 18.7 factors, 9.zero rebounds and 4.7 assists within the Raptors’ first three video games of the 2020-21 season, all losses