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Raptors Marc Gasol strains hamstring, out for night

Toronto Raptors v Detroit Pistons

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 18: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball against the Detroit Pistons on December 18, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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This is bad news for Toronto.

In the first quarter of their game in Detroit, Gasol was trying to get back on defense, started grabbing his hamstring, and quickly left the game.

He will not return tonight.

We don’t know about the severity of the injury, but hamstrings can linger and teams tend to be cautious in bringing players back from those.

If Gasol misses much time it would be a real blow to the Raptors. Gasol has been playing his best ball of the season of late and is critical to the Raptors’ success — they are +12.5 per 100 possessions when he is on the court. He brings a combination of size, defensive IQ, rebounding, and passing that Toronto does not have in another big man.

Serge Ibaka would start at the five and Chris Boucher would get more run behind him.