One man's happiness is another man's misfortune. Pascal Siakam was happy to return to the NBA after more than five months out of the game due to shoulder surgery. The return of the Cameroonian, however, pushed coach Nick Nurse to rearrange his starting 5 and it is the Nigerian Precious Achiuwa, who arrived in the Canadian franchise this summer, who pays the price. The Raptors had to rely on their leader to face the Nets, just after the defeat against Cleveland (101-102) which put an end to their 5-game winning streak.
The Cameroonian winger tried to bring his energy but was clumsy (5/12 shooting). Siakam scored 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 25 minutes. And what about Achiuwa? Despite being dropped from the starting line-up, the Nigerian, who is in his 2nd year in the league, still played 27 minutes for 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Toronto lost 103-110 to the Nets, who were led by their star duo Kevin Durant (31 pts) and James Harden (28 pts, 10 rbds).
“God is gonna test you then bless you”❤️
A lot of work to do but it felt amazing being back at Scotiabank arena, playing with my teammates in front of our fans! #doingitforyou🙏🏾 #humblehustle🙏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q8Fkv0YEEu
— pascal siakam (@pskills43) November 8, 2021
Golden State, best record in the NBA
In other NBA games of the night, Golden State continues its amazing start to the season. The Warriors, who missed the play-offs last season, currently have the best record in the league. They dominated Houston (120-107) to record their 8th win against only one loss. Steph Curry was rather discreet with 'only' 20 points and 2 assists. But the young Jordan Poole (25 pts) and Otto Porter Jr (15 pts, 9 rbds) did the job.
Cleveland also continues to be surprising. One of the worst records in the league since 2019, the Cavaliers are well settled in 6th place in the NBA Western Conference. They picked up their 7th win over the New York Knicks (126-109) thanks to 37 points from Rucky Rubio. The Spanish point guard was surgical behind the arc with an 8/9.