The Raptors’ depth — or lack thereof — has been a glaring concern early in the season, and the latest news on Patrick McCaw isn’t going to make matters any better.
The shooting guard, who missed last Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, will reportedly undergo surgery on his injured left knee. He’s expected to be out of the lineup for several weeks.
McCaw’s troublesome knee had been bugging him since the summer; the 24-year-old missed Toronto’s final preseason game, as well as the team’s first three contests of the regular season. Head Coach Nick Nurse told the media on Monday that McCaw would be meeting with a specialist.
Toronto’s bench is now razor thin, particularly in the backcourt. The starters — Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet — are currently averaging 38.8 and 37.8 minutes per game, respectively.
Norman Powell hasn’t been a consistent contributor, averaging 7.7 points in just 24.3 minutes per game. And undrafted rookie Terence Davis, as well as three-point shooter Matt Thomas, have yet to earn Nurse’s trust in Toronto’s system.
Even with McCaw in the lineup, concerns over Toronto’s backcourt have been steadily mounting as the season goes on. “Load management,” a popular term surrounding Kawhi Leonard and last season’s Raptors team, is now a luxury that Toronto simply can’t afford with its current lineup.
McCaw averaged 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals throughout the two games that he’s played in 2019-20.
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