Why it’s time the Raptors swap Scola for Patterson

Title: Why it’s time the Raptors swap Scola for Patterson
Date: February 26, 2016
Original Source: Sportsnet
Synopsis: For my latest at Sportsnet, I argued that the Raptors need to start Patrick Patterson over Luis Scola.

Following a shaky defensive first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey decided he’d have a short leash to start the third quarter. The Wolves opened on a quick 6-0 run, and Casey opted for an abnormally quick hook for two of his starters, Jonas Valanciunas and Luis Scola.

It was an admission that Wednesday wasn’t the night for that frontcourt duo.

“They saved the day,” Casey said of his bench unit. “They came in and set the tone at the end, got stops. I don’t know what the run was but it was significant.”

The change reflected what’s long felt like an inevitable and necessary change to the starting lineup: it’s time to start Patrick Patterson.

Continue reading at Sportsnet.


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