NBA playoffs: Toronto Raptors are not worried about Pascal Siakam


Every weekday, SI’s Chris Mannix will check-in with his Bubble Bits, a quick hit on something notable from inside the NBA’s campus

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – What’s wrong with Pascal Siakam?

Is anything wrong with Siakam?

These were the questions I had on Tuesday, when I wandered over to the Raptors practice. You know the story: Siakam entered the bubble as one of the postseason’s biggest wild cards. With Kawhi Leonard gone, Siakam needed to assume a more significant playoff role. Fans said it. Media said it. His own coach said it. Siakam appeared ready for that role pre-pandemic, rising to All-Star level and (briefly) jumping into the MVP discussion.