The Raptors, who have been decimated by the league’s health and safety protocols, are getting closer to having their team back at full strength.
Starters Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, as well as reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw, have been cleared to practice on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweets. The Raptors play at Detroit on Wednesday.
That leaves only OG Anunoby remaining under the COVID-19 restrictions. He’s listed as out for Wednesday’s game by the team, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic (Twitter link). VanVleet is listed as doubtful to play, while Siakam, Flynn, McCaw are listed as questionable.
Toronto’s coaching staff, including Nick Nurse, were also placed under those protocols during the week leading up to the All-Star break.
The team’s fortunes have nosedived while playing shorthanded. The Raptors have lost five straight to fall five games below .500.