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June 24, 2019, 9:42 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam took home the Kia Most Improved Player Award, beating De'Aaron Fox and D'Angelo Russell.
This award was seemingly wrapped up back in November. Siakam exploded this season, improving significantly is every fantasy category (excluding turnovers). He finished the regular season with per-game averages of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on 54.9 percent from the field and 78.5 percent from the line. His three-point percentage has increased from 14.3 to 22.0 to 36.9 as well. Whether or not Kawhi Leonard returns, Siakam should easily make his way into the top-40 ranks next season.
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June 14, 2019, 12:20 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 6 win over the Warriors.
After missing 12 triples in a row, Siakam delivered in Game 6 from deep and added some more, playing a game-high 46 minutes. He was handed the task of guarding the Warriors' perimeter players while attacking the dreaded frontcourt of Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green and he delivered. His performance from deep helped open up the game and was a huge factor in Toronto's first NBA title.
June 11, 2019, 12:35 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam struggled in Monday night's loss as he put up just 12 points (6-for-15 FGs, 0-for-1 FTs), four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes.
Siakam is 0-for-12 on threes since his spectacular Game 1 performance. The Raptors nearly finished off the Warriors tonight, but they could really use another big game, or at least some corner threes from Siakam as they head to Oakland for Game 6.
June 8, 2019, 12:29 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had 19 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in Friday night's win over the Warriors.
On an off night from Kyle Lowry, Siakam stepped up and helped shoulder some of the scoring load with Kawhi Leonard. So far in this series, when Siakam scores 18 or more points the Raptors win. He hopes to keep that trend alive in Monday's closeout Game 5.
June 6, 2019, 12:09 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 18 points with nine rebounds and six assists on 8-of-16 shooting in a win over the Warriors in Game 3 on Wednesday.
He had a fantastic first quarter, but his performance dropped off for the remainder of the game. However, his unique skill set as a big man always keeps the defense on their toes. He had a team-high plus/minus of plus-22 in his 39 minutes on the court. Siakam played well in Games 1 and 3, which are obviously the two games that the Raptors won. Siakam will have to continue playing well, especially if the Warriors get Klay Thompson (hamstring) and Kevin Durant (calf) back for Game 4.
June 2, 2019, 11:25 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam put up 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 5-of-18 shooting in a Game 2 loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
Siakam had an unreal performance in Game 1, so his significant drop-off could be one of the reasons that the Raptors could not take a 2-0 series lead. The Warriors switched matchups quite a bit all night long, but Siakam was not able to capitalize like he did in Game 1. He will look to regain momentum as the Raptors hit the road for Games 3 and 4.
May 31, 2019, 12:10 amPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors to a 118-109 win in Thursday's Game 1 with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting with eight boards, five assists, a steal, two blocks and two triples.
Siakam was on a tear at one point, hitting 12 shots in a row which lifted the Raptors in the third quarter and helped them maintain their lead. The Warriors still outscored the Raptors in the third, but Siakam nullified any large benefits from it. He's absolutely working the Warriors defenders just by sheer effort and energy and even though he logged the same amount of minutes (40) as Draymond Green, you wouldn't be able to tell just by watching the way they ran. The Raptors are going to need him to maintain this level of play if Kawhi Leonard continues to see those hard double teams.
May 23, 2019, 11:30 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam played 36 minutes, scoring 14 points (on 15 field goal attempts) with 13 rebounds and four defensive counters on Thursday night.
Siakam wasn't efficient on the offensive side including a sequence of three missed 3-pointers on the same possession during the Raptors' sluggish start. He was pivotal to the fourth quarter defensive effort especially when protecting the rim against Giannis late in the game.
May 19, 2019, 10:41 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had a solid stat line on Sunday, with 25 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-18 shooting in 51 minutes of action in a double overtime win over the Bucks in Game 3.
As expected, Siakam bounced back from his underwhelming Game 2 performance with an absolute gem in Game 3. Siakam is proving that he is a force to be reckoned with in this league as he is not shying away from the game's biggest stage. He added one assist, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers to the stat sheet. The Raptors brought the series within one game and have a chance to even up the series on Tuesday night.
May 17, 2019, 11:07 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam had one of his worst games of the entire postseason on Friday as he fouled out in 26 minutes and put up eight points and one rebound on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Raptors are now down two games in the series, so Game 3 in Toronto will either keep them alive or sink their season. Siakam was just named a finalist for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, so performances like this one are discouraging for the budding star. However, expect Siakam to bounce back and have a solid performance in Game 3 as the Raptors look to make this a competitive series.
May 17, 2019, 8:38 pmPascal SiakamF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam, De’Aaron Fox and D’Angelo Russell have been named as finalists for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.
All three took major steps in improving their respective games and it’ll be really hard to award just one. That said, only one will win it and while we don’t have a vote, ours would be for Siakam.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
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