The Raptors have been cleared to return to the floor and face the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday - a game that was originally slated for Tuesday and tentatively postponed pending additional test results.
With multiple days of no new cases, the team was able to step on the floor on Tuesday to prepare for Wednesday.
"It's been a tough couple of days," general manager Bobby Webster said. "To get to here and be able to practice, we had to clear a number of hurdles."
Feels good to be back together on the court tonight. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/GFkmNt3c1x- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 3, 2021
However, the team will be severely shorthanded, as they have five players ruled out due to health and safety protocols, including starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby. Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw are also out.
The five players will be out against the Pistons along with head coach Nick Nurse, who entered the protocols with five other members of his staff last week.
The team hasn't played a game since Friday when they defeated the Houston Rockets while being led by assistant coach Sergio Scariolo, behind Kyle Lowry's triple-double.
Triple-double for @Klow7 to lift the @Raptors!- NBA (@NBA) February 27, 2021
20 PTS | 11 REB | 10 AST | 4-5 3PM pic.twitter.com/cLhhKRvPrC
The Raptors will look forward to taking care of business against the Pistons before hosting the Celtics 24 hours later in the team's final games before the All-Star break.
Given the short turnaround between these next two games, it seems unlikely that the five players ruled out will be able to suit up against Boston.
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