Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam misplaced 15 kilos final month after a prolonged spell on the sidelines as a result of league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Just lately, the one-time All-Star opened up about his alarming weight reduction and what kind of affect it has had on his stage of play.
Siakam admitted that he misplaced lots of his power throughout his time on the sidelines (h/t Josh Lwenberg of TSN Sports activities):
Pascal Siakam mentioned he is nonetheless engaged on getting his power 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 weight loss plan and constructing his power again up.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) April 14, 2021
To be clear, it has not been confirmed if Siakam really 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’s also attainable that it was merely a contact tracing challenge. 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 kind of illness.
Siakam has appeared good for Toronto of late, although. On Tuesday, he logged a game-high 30 factors on 13-of-19 taking pictures to associate with six rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks. It was all for nothing, nevertheless, because the Raptors fell to a Trae Younger-less Atlanta Hawks facet, 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 proper now in the event that they wish to maintain their postseason hopes alive.