The Toronto Raptors got one big piece of the puzzle back on Sunday when Pascal Siakam made his return from a groin injury, though it did not result in a win. Siakam will try to find his shooting form and lead the Raptors back into the win column when they visit the surging Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
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Siakam scored 12 points in the first quarter on Sunday but went 0-of-5 from the floor in the second half and Toronto squandered an 18-point lead in a 105-104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "I feel like I kind of lost my rhythm a little bit," Siakam, who finished with 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting, told reporters. "Eventually, I'll be better with that, but first time back out there, I think I did a decent job. I felt I could have been way more aggressive, so I'll be waiting to be more aggressive and just try to find my rhythm in a better way (and) learn from it." Siakam and company will need to find a way to keep Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander off the glass on Wednesday. Gilgeous-Alexander passed Shaquille O'Neal to become the youngest player ever with a 20-rebound triple-double when he recorded 20 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a 117-104 victory at Minnesota on Wednesday.
TIME: 8 p.m. ET. TV: TSN 1/4/5-plus, FS Oklahoma
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (25-14): Shooting guard Norman Powell, who suffered a shoulder injury in the in the same game in which Siakam was injured, returned on Sunday as well and delivered 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 31 minutes. Powell and Siakam watched Toronto go 6-5 in the 11 games they missed, and each will be monitored carefully over the next few weeks. Kyle Lowry collected 16 points and 15 assists in Sunday's loss and told reporters, "We stopped playing. We stopped being aggressive. We stopped being assertive."
ABOUT THE THUNDER (23-17): Gilgeous-Alexander joined former Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook as the only guards in the last 30 years to record 20 points and 20 boards in a triple-double on Monday. "Coach challenged me before the game to fill the stat sheet and do more things because he thought, and I thought, I was more capable of what I was doing," Gilgeous-Alexander told reporters. "I just tried to give my full effort out there." The 21-year-old Kentucky product scored at least 20 points in each of the last four games and is averaging a team-best 19.9 points.
1. Raptors C Marc Gasol (hamstring), who went down in the same game as Siakam and Powell in December, could return this week.
2. Oklahoma City F Danilo Gallinari recorded a season-high 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting on Monday.
3. Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points in a 98-97 win at Toronto on Dec. 29.
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Oklahoma City Thunder
- FaceQues Mon | questionable
Noel is recovering from surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his left cheek. It is uncertain if he will be available for Monday's contest versus the Mavericks.
- PersonalQues Mon | questionable
Ferguson has sat out the previous five games due to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will rejoin the lineup Monday against the Mavericks.
- AnkleOut indefinitely | out
Nader has been sidelined with a left ankle sprain, and it is unclear when he will make his return to the lineup.
- AnkleProb Sat | probable
Adams has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with a left ankle sprain, but it is expected he will draw back into the lineup against the Timberwolves on Saturday.
- AnkleProb Wed | probable
Noel was absent from the lineup during the last game with a sore left ankle. It is anticipated that he will participate in Wednesday's matchup against the Magic.
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Adams sat out the last game due to a right knee contusion. His status for Saturday's matchup against the Trail Blazers is clouded.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Noel has been out of commission with a left ankle sprain, but is expected to rejoin the lineup Friday against the Heat.
- NoseOut Sun | out
McCaw missed the last game due to a broken nose, and he will not play Sunday versus the Spurs.
- KneeProb Sat | probable
Lowry sustained a knee injury in the previous game but is expected to face the Timberwolves on Saturday.
- HamstringProb Sat | probable
VanVleet is out of action due to a right hamstring strain, but he is likely to return Saturday against the Timberwolves.
- HamstringProb Wed | probable
Gasol has a left hamstring strain, but it is projected that he will make his return Wednesday against the Thunder.
- GroinProb Sun | probable
Siakam is expected to rejoin the lineup for Sunday's contest against the Spurs after recovering from a groin strain.