Adrian Benjamins and Neil Rochlani briefly discuss today's trades and then break down the six games from Thursday. Pascal Siakam has a career scoring night. LeBron triple doubles and Rondo knocks down the winning bucket…
February 13, 2019, 10:12 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam was unstoppable in Wednesday's win over the Wizards, exploding for career-highs with 44 points and four 3-pointers while going 15-of-25 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Siakam was absolutely everywhere in this game and snapped the Raptors out of a second quarter lull that saw them squander an early lead and trail for a good chunk of the game's middle quarters. In the pull-away stretch late Siakam picked up a dunk and then managed to provide help defense on a drive before getting all the way out to swat a 3-point attempt on the same defensive possession. His fingerprints were all over this game, as you might expect, and he stepped up massively on a night where the Raptors were basically playing with eight active players. He's the Most Improved Player this season and it's not particularly close.
February 11, 2019, 10:07 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam started on Monday and scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Siakam's minutes seem secure for now and he's a safer bet to retain his starting role as Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are much more similar in what they bring to the table. He logged 35 minutes in a start tonight and closed out the game as well so owners can be at ease.
February 10, 2019, 12:12 amPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam started and scored 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists and one steal over 33 minutes in Saturday's win over the Knicks.
Siakam and Serge Ibaka (15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, 29 minutes) are both going to take some kind of a hit with Marc Gasol in town. Gasol logged just 19 minutes in his debut, so when he heads toward minutes in the late 20s or so, both of Siakam and Ibaka are going to take a haircut. Ibaka probably takes the bigger hit between the two minutes-wise, but Siakam might find his touches hit harder since Gasol is an initiator.
February 7, 2019, 10:02 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting with two 3-pointers, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on Thursday.
Whenever Kawhi Leonard sits you can bet for an increased usage game from Siakam. The Hawks were up by as much as 14 points early in this game and Siakam was the only Raptors player that could generate any offense to keep them in it. He's a blossoming fantasy stud and even though the Marc Gasol addition might move him to the bench, his fantasy production shouldn't be affected.
February 6, 2019, 6:20 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Masai Ujiri does not want to trade Pascal Siakam or OG Anunoby in win-now moves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Raptors have been floating around the rumor mill of late but don't want to part with their top young assets, which is a fair decision considering the uncertainty regarding Kawhi Leonard's summertime plans. It'll be tough for the Raptors to swing a trade without taking an important piece off the roster, though if one does happen we'd expect it to involve someone other than Siakam or OG.
Source: Faizal Khamisa on Twitter
January 31, 2019, 10:22 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors in scoring in their 92-105 loss to the Bucks on Thursday with 28 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go with three rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Siakam was the man of the night for the Raptors, making plays on both sides of the ball and generating offense when the team as a whole couldn't. He's having a breakthrough year and to top it off he's been hitting his triples. Over the past five games he's averaging 1.4 3s on .438 shooting from deep. Owners are looking at a pickup of the year candidate.
January 25, 2019, 11:15 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam hit 9-of-15 from the field to finish Friday's loss to the Rockets with 22 points, two 3s, 12 boards and three assists.
Except for this being Siakam's second game in a row without recording a defensive stat, he's been rolling and doesn't look to be slowing down in his breakout top-40 season. Siakam is the runaway favorite for waiver wire pickup of the year and a leading contender for the NBA's Most Improved Player award.
January 23, 2019, 9:55 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam totaled 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer on 5-for-16 shooting in Wednesday's 110-106 loss to the Pacers.
Siakam had a bit of an empty game in this one. The four assists and 3-pointer are nice, but he failed to record a defensive stat for the first time since January 6th and failed to shoot 50 percent or better for the first time since January 11th. Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner got the best of him in this one. Nonetheless, Siakam is having an incredible breakout year and has posted top-50 value so far.
January 22, 2019, 9:45 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam played 31 minutes and shot 8-for-14 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal, one rebound and one 3-pointer in a 120-105 win over the Kings on Tuesday.
Siakam is rolling to top-30 value on the season in 9-cat leagues and is easily one of the greatest values of the fantasy season. He plays hungry every game and has shown tremendous improvement in just one season. Enjoy your unicorn.
January 19, 2019, 11:20 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, two assists with a steal against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
Siakam has been cooking in the past week with top-25 value in 9-cat leagues. He has improved in all facets of his game and some have been quietly making a bid for him to become an all-star this season. Siakam continues to make the most out of the opportunity given to him and the coaching staff rewards him with playing time north of the 30-minute range.
January 17, 2019, 10:56 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam hit a buzzer-beater in Thursday's 111-109 win over the Suns, capping off another strong night in which he had 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, a steal and two blocks.
On a night without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors had to find someone else to carry them through crunch time, and Nick Nurse called Siakam's number. He didn't really start his drive to the rack until there were three seconds left on the clock and hit a tough banker over Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton to help the Raptors escape on a night where their shooting went cold. Toronto didn't hit a single three in the middle two frames and went 7-of-28 overall, so good on Siakam for taking it to the hoop at the end. The buzzer-beater — the first for the Raptors at home since Jalen Rose pulled it off in 2006 (!) — can be viewed at the link below. We'd put in some of his signature pepper emojis here if we could.
Source: Toronto Raptors on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 11:02 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam was noticeably quiet in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics, mustering six points, seven rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes.
This is a low-end line from Siakam this season and is a good marker of what his floor looks like. That said, he's been a beast in 2018-19 and will resume his breakout campaign sooner rather than later.
January 13, 2019, 4:39 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam was a terror in Sunday's road victory, posting 24 points on 9-of-16 from the field to go with a career-high 19 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Siakam committed five turnovers and did foul out, though not before he logged 44 minutes in a double-overtime game. He got pretty much whatever he wanted on offense as a number of Wizards tried and failed to defend him once he got a head of steam going towards the cup, and he corralled a handful of key rebounds when it looked like the Wizards would finally get over the hump. Siakam is in the driver's seat for Most Improved Player right now.
January 11, 2019, 10:43 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard led the way in Friday's 122-105 win over the Nets, going for 20 points (9-for-18 from the field), 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Leonard missed his only free throw of the night but still put in work in his 27 minutes, so no complaints from us. The Raptors were down seven after one but up 11 at the half and up 24 after three quarters, so nobody played more than Kawhi tonight. Serge Ibaka had 14 & 9 with a block in 25 minutes while Pascal Siakam had 16 & 6 with a steal in 26 minutes. Toronto had eight guys in double figures tonight, with five of them coming from the bench group.