After an injury-riddled start to the season, the Toronto Raptors are inching closer to having a roster at full strength.
As the team prepares for its one-game trip to Oklahoma City, centre Marc Gasol has told reporters that he plans to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.
Gasol says he'll play tomorrow- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 14, 2020
Gasol has missed the team's last 12 games with a strained hamstring suffered in the first quarter of a win in Detroit on Dec. 18. In his absence, the Raptors have played .500 basketball, posting a 6-6 record.
The 34-year-old's return comes just one game after Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam returned to the starting lineup. Gasol, Powell and Siakam all suffered their injuries in the win over the Pistons.
Per Spotrac's Injured List Tracker, the Toronto Raptors have missed 138 man-games due to injury this season - only three teams have missed more. While Gasol, Powell and Siakam are back, starting guard Fred VanVleet will remain sidelined with a hamstring injury of his own.
It's a welcomed return for Gasol, who is averaging 6.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season. Despite the relatively modest numbers for the year, Gasol posted averages of 10.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the four games leading up to his injury.
At 25-14, the Raptors can ease each of these players back into the rotation as they approach the season's midway point.