Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam misplaced 15 kilos final month after a prolonged spell on the sidelines because of the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Just lately, the one-time All-Star opened up about his alarming weight reduction and what sort of affect it has had on his degree of play.
Siakam admitted that he misplaced lots of his energy throughout his time on the sidelines (h/t Josh Lwenberg of TSN Sports activities):
Pascal Siakam mentioned he is nonetheless engaged on getting his energy again after shedding ~15 kilos whereas he was out final month. “I am nonetheless determining if (being lighter) is to my benefit or not.” His focus has been on eating regimen and constructing his energy again up.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 14, 2021
To be clear, it has not been confirmed if Siakam truly examined optimistic for COVID-19. He was out of motion for an prolonged interval for the Raptors below the league’s well being and security protocols, which implies that it is usually potential that it was merely a contact tracing difficulty. Then once more, for him to lose 15 kilos over the span of some weeks does level to the truth that the Raptors ahead battled some type of illness.
Siakam has regarded good for Toronto of late, although. On Tuesday, he logged a game-high 30 factors on 13-of-19 capturing to go together with six rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks. It was all for nothing, nonetheless, because the Raptors fell to a Trae Younger-less Atlanta Hawks aspect, 108-103.
That’s now back-to-back losses for Toronto, who additionally suffered a 102-96 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday. The Raptors’ hopes for a playoff berth this season are disappearing quick and they’re going to want Siakam to be at his best possible proper now in the event that they need to hold their postseason hopes alive.