After losing their last five games, the Raptors could get some key players back on the line-up to get back on track against a Pistons team that started the night with a four-game loss of their own

After falling five times in a row, the Raptors will try to get back to their victories by visiting the Pistons who lost four times in a row

Finally, the Raptors appear to be nearing full strength.It is no coincidence that in each of their last five losses, the team has been out without five key players (and three starters) who all dropped out due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. p>

Upon the team’s arrival in Detroit, four of the five – Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw – were cleared to attend training, while OG Anunoby was cleared to increase his activity with 1-0 skills Work

While Nick Nurse has maintained hopes that all five can return by the end of the week, the league’s official injury report suggests the four trained could be back by Wednesday, with Flynn, McCaw and Siakam as questionable VanVleet is classified as doubtful

The imminent return of the above players is big news for a Raptors team that has struggled to spread the fortunes offensively recently in their most recent loss to the Chicago Bulls, Toronto scored just 95 points, with Norman Powell (32), Kyle Lowry (20) and Chris Boucher (17) were the only players to finish in double digits. The fourth top scorer ended up with just six

In a way, some players returning to add the depth on Wednesday would come full circle as Toronto’s most recent stretch lost 129-105 to Detroit on Nov. March started

Coincidentally, that 24-point win was the last time the Pistons had a win when the team was eliminated after a 10-point home loss to the San Antonio Spurs

While Detroit was also extremely understaffed when these two teams last met, it has since brought back top scorers Jerami Grant and Josh Jackson, as well as Frank Jackson and former raptor Delon Wright

Of course, the familiarity with Wright doesn’t stop there as former Raptors boss Dwane Casey set a 4-3 record against his former team thanks to the Blowout win two weeks ago as both teams appear to be closer to full strength , Toronto will seek to make the last meeting a distant memory by getting back on track against the owners of the worst record in the East

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