The Toronto Raptors have been dealing with COVID-19 issues for the last few days, and the news got a bit worse on Tuesday evening. While their game originally scheduled for Tuesday against Detroit was pushed to Wednesday night, that certainly doesn't mean the team will be anywhere near full strength.
The Raptors have ruled out Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Malachi Flynn, and Pat McCaw as part of the NBA's Health and Safety Protocols for the matchup against the Pistons. Siakam has already missed time in the protocol, as has head coach Nick Nurse and five other coaches in total.
The Raptors will be without Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Malachi Flynn and Pat McCaw because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols for tomorrow’s game against the Pistons. That is in addition to Nick Nurse and several other coaches.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) March 2, 2021
The Raptors are also scheduled to play on Thursday night against the Boston Celtics.