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Report: Raptors center Marc Gasol out weeks

Marc Gasol

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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DETROIT -- Marc Gasol grabbed his strained hamstring, signaled for the Raptors to call timeout then limped straight to the locker room during Toronto’s win over the Pistons last night.

His prognosis?

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is vague, but “weeks” is not a short period of time.

The Raptors definitely lose versatility without Gasol. He’s their only big center. Toronto can still be effective with smaller lineups featuring Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Chris Boucher and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. But there will be matchups where the Raptors will particularly miss Gasol.

At age 34, Gasol has shown signs of decline this season. The injury isn’t ideal, but Gasol getting a break from the wear and tear of NBA games could be a blessing in disguise -- if he takes his time getting fully healthy before returning.