Title: A comprehensive look at the options and fallout with so many Raptors now out long-term
Date: December 20, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors losing three key pieces at once, how the pieces fall on the roster behind them, and what the next few weeks could look like.
I was at the movie theatre watching “Knives Out” when the latest Raptors medical update came down. Not a team of David Craigs and Lakeith Stanfields would be able to discern what, exactly, is going on with the team’s health issues this year. (I would still watch them try; I recommend the film.)
To recap what The Athletic’s Eric Koreen already covered effectively Thursday: Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Norman Powell are all out indefinitely. Until timelines are established (perhaps Friday evening), it leaves the Raptors to operate without their highest-impact defender and playmaker, their highest-usage scorer and their most efficient secondary scorer to date.
There is no way to spin it with silver linings or gritty smiles; it is too much at once for that, and while players will benefit and grow from opportunity and learn more about themselves, it’s hard to see the next few weeks going off without some degree of slippage. The Raptors have to trudge forward, though, and what follows is an accounting of things to look for while they await three of their top seven — plus, you know, the other really good player already on the shelf — to heal up.
Check it out on The Athletic.