Raptors bench Siakam for disciplinary reasons

11:36 PM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

The Toronto Raptors benched All-Star forward Pascal Siakam for Thursday night’s year-ending 100-83 victory over the New York Knicks in Tampa, Florida.

“It was a discipline thing for an internal matter,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said after his team won its first game of the season. “That’s the decision we went with. We’re just going to keep it at that.”

When asked what message he hoped Siakam’s benching would send to the team, Nurse said, “Just a certain way we want to do things. Everybody has got to be a part of that. It’s just as simple as that.”

While Nurse wouldn’t go into specifics about what led to the decision to bench Siakam, the 26-year-old forward fouled out of Tuesday’s 100-93 loss to the 76ers — Toronto’s third straight loss to open the season, all of which came after the Raptors held double-digit leads — with 25.6 seconds to go, and he immediately walked off the court and into the visiting locker room inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Siakam is expected to return for Toronto’s next game, which is Saturday in New Orleans against the Pelicans. A source told ESPN’s

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