Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam returned to the squad on March 17 after losing 10 to 15 pounds while away from the squad due to COVID-19 protocol.
It is not known if Siakam tested positive for the virus.
He was sidelined for 19 days after the team experienced a COVID-19 outbreak on February 26.
Coach Nick Nurse, Siakam and five other Raptors coaching staff have been placed in quarantine.
Despite a heated argument with his head coach, the 26-year-old forward looks rejuvenated and more like himself on the pitch.
“I feel good every day. I take care of my body and do my best to be fresh, ”he said after Sunday’s loss to Norman Powell and the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I’m in a good space and I just want to keep improving and feeling great, which I think is the most important thing.”
It looks like the weight loss hasn’t really hit Siakam.
The All-Star forward is averaging 25 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game while shooting 49.2% from the field and 84.8% from the free throw line in the last four games. .
Siakam remains uncertain whether or not he will put back his weight or if he will maintain his current weight.
“I think I’m experimenting, to be honest with you,” he says.
“I’m feeling good right now, just in terms of fluidity and racing. I like it, and I guess we’ll see.
Sadly, Siakam and his good play haven’t saved the Raptors from their struggles this season.
Even with the tournament on the line, Toronto’s playoff hopes look increasingly tough as the team sits in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
For the moment, they are only two games away from the last play-in place.
Monday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons could mark an opportunity to turn the Raptors season.