Atlantic Notes: Siakam, OG, Burke, Sixers

With the Raptors facing a bevy of injuries, Pascal Siakam will get an opportunity to showcase his point guard skills, as Doug Smith of The Toronto Star relays.

“Depending on what the matchup is, you can do it,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said. “We’ve got to be careful on it and stuff like that, but it’s good to get a lot of reps of it and see what kind of offense we can run from it. I think we found a few things he can run up there at the point.”

Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:

  • OG Anunoby saw an eye specialist today and has been diagnosed with an eye contusion, the Raptors announced (Twitter link). The forward will miss at least Toronto’s next game on Wednesday in Portland.
  • Trey Burke is capitalizing on the opportunity he’s receiving with Ben Simmons sidelined, Lauren Rosen of writes. Burke, who joined the Sixers on a one-year deal this offseason, credits his preparedness for his ability to step into a larger role with the club.“This is a new situation for me – a championship-type organization,” Burke said. “I know I was going to have to be patient.”
  • Quinn Davis of Basketball Insiders breaks down the Sixers‘ point guard situation behind Simmons. In addition to Burke, the team has Raul Neto, and Josh Richardson has been running some point recently.
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10 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Siakam, OG, Burke, Sixers

  1. rxbrgr

    Offence…ugh, Canadian English spelling should be retranslated here. Canada is an abomination and should be invaded by its neighbors to the north.

    • Chucktoad1

      So, ummm since Greenland is the only thing north of Canada without actually going south again. I’m guessing you Denmark?

      • x%sure

        Are you quoting from cable-TV’s future new “Game of Thrones”?
        (“His Dark Powers” or something like that has talking Polar Bears in it.)

  2. Lots of people doubted Siakim contract when he first signed it but man has he looked good this year. He’s carrying a decent raptors team with averages of 26-9.5-4

    With Ibaka and Gasol both off contract and on 20mil + that’ll clear a load of cap space. Wounded who the Raptors target going after. I think Malik Beasley at 22 would be a good player to go for, as long as he cleans up his act off the court. Maybe bring Kelly Okynyk back to his homeland in Canada he’d be a handy floor spacer

    • I don’t think they did really. It’s kind of a thanks for staying with us and getting us a ring. Think about the money the Raptors would’ve won in the championship run I think some of it was just respect. But also it falls on a good free agency class. Giving him a big deal till then means when that season over they’ll clear all of that coin, which is a good thing.
      I think everyone knows it’s an overpay but it serves a purpose

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