How the Raptors could cope with a Patrick Patterson injury

Title: How the Raptors could cope with a Patrick Patterson injury
Date: December 30, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the Raptors’ rotation options if Patrick Patterson hits the shelf.

Normally in times of crisis, it’s Patrick Patterson whom Raptors head coach Dwane Casey calls on. Early deficit? Pull Patterson’s normal minutes ahead. Tough matchup for rookie Pascal Siakam? Start Patterson in the second half. Not DeMarre Carroll’s night against a larger small forward? Throw Patterson on him.

The solution to the latest dilemma facing Casey and the Raptors, though, cannot be so easily fixed with Patterson.

During the second quarter of Thursday’s loss to the Phoenix Suns, after attempting an awkward floater, Patterson left the court. He immediately disappeared to the locker room with director of sports science Alex McKechnie. He would not return.

The team is calling Patterson’s injury a left knee strain, and as with most immediate diagnoses for a non-contact injury, that doesn’t reveal a great deal. Patterson can probably be considered day-to-day until a further update is provided, and the player himself couldn’t answer much beyond saying they’ll treat it and see how it responds.

“I just know I felt a sharp jolt pain in my knee,” Patterson said after the game, admitting it was a “little bit” scary since he hasn’t had a knee injury before. “After that, try to run it off, but it wasn’t happening.”
Continue reading at The Athletic.


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