Raptors place Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton on COVID-19 list – Toronto Star

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The Raptors are no longer one of the few NBA teams to avoid being hit hard by the latest COVID-19 surge.
Pascal Siakam and Dalano Banton were placed in the league’s health and safety protocols before the Raptors played the Golden State Warriors at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night.
Siakam and Banton could miss 10 days, which would take them out of the lineup through the next three games and allow them to return in Toronto on Dec. 28 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Raptors had mostly escaped the rash of positive tests that are ravaging the NBA right now. Precious Achiuwa was under protocols put in place by the local health board when he missed three games after he was deemed to have had close contact with someone who returned a positive test. Achiuwa was available for Saturday’s game.
More than 80 players and coaches across the NBA are currently out for reasons related to COVID-19.
The Warriors sat a handful of key players Saturday night, but only one, Jordan Poole, was out because of protocols.
Steph Curry (rest) joined Andrew Wiggins (left knee soreness), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Draymond Green (right hip tightness), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot), Jordan Poole (health and safety protocols), Klay Thompson (surgery rehab) and James Wiseman (surgery rehab) in missing Golden State’s only game in Toronto this season.
The Warriors won in Boston on Friday. Saturday’s game winds up a five-game, eight-day road trip.
“It feels like the whole league now is at a precarious spot,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Saturday. “We factor in the differences in the rules here and how that might manifest itself long term … all that stuff.”

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