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NBA: Raptors F Pascal Siakam to make season debut Sunday

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Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam will make his season debut Sunday against the visiting Brooklyn Nets, coach Nick Nurse confirmed Saturday.

The 27-year-old All-Star has been out since undergoing shoulder surgery in June.

“Everything has checked out pretty good. He’s hit all the checkmarks and everything of where he’s supposed to be, or maybe even a little ahead,” Nurse said before Friday’s 102-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavailers.

Siakam was given a five-month recovery timeline following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

He sustained the injury during a May 8 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 56 starts last season.

A first-round pick (27th overall) in 2016, he was the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2018-19 and a first-time All-Star selection in 2019-20. He helped the Raptors win the 2019 NBA championship.

Siakam’s career averages include 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 332 games (238 starts).

The Raptors reduced their roster to 14 players Saturday by waiving veteran forward Sam Dekker, who appeared in one game this season for Toronto.

Dekker, 27, has averaged 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 201 career games with the Rockets, Clippers, Cavaliers, Wizards and Raptors since Houston drafted him in the first round in 2015.

–Field Level Media

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