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Raptors bench Pascal Siakam for Knicks game after his walk-off in Philly

The Raptors performed with out ahead Pascal Siakam towards the Knicks on Thursday. The group reportedly benched him as punishment for his leaving the courtroom earlier than the tip 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 advised reporters after the sport (per Doug Smith of the Toronto Star) that he would “tackle” 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 determination to sit down him and is anticipated to be out there for Toronto’s first sport of 2021, which is ready for Saturday in New Orleans.

Norman Powell began in Siakam’s place towards New York. Powell struggled within the season’s opening week (17.4 p.c capturing from the sphere), however Nurse advised reporters earlier than the 76ers sport that the ahead had earned a “longer leash” due to his previous contributions.

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

Siakam, 26, averaged 18.7 factors, 9.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists within the Raptors’ first three video games of the 2020-21 season, all losses

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