Time for the Raptors to start making some changes.

This is a bummer. Patrick Patterson has been huge for the Raptors, averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 49.7% shooting from the field. Luckily, the injury does not appear to be serious at the moment.

Assuming he misses the minimum 7 days, Patterson will miss tonight’s game against Minnesota, Monday’s game against the Nets, Wednesday’s contest versus the Pistons, and Friday’s contest against the Grizzlies.

It’s worth noting that the prognosis at the moment is a sprain, which is better than a tear. Earlier this season, Steve Blake tore the right ulnar collateral ligaments in his elbow and missed approximately a month.

In the meantime, Tyler Hansbrough will likely take over as the first big off the bench, and Chuck Hayes will likely see an uptick in playing time.

UPDATE (5:55 PM)

  • Mo

    Shit

  • azfar

    Ugh don’t feel confident in this bench… But it will mean JV should get more minutes unless Chuck hayes…

    • FREEJV

      dont you dare say his name

  • Jeffrey Yau

    Goddamnit.

  • FREEJV

    give novak the minutes we need a stretch 4.

    • DDayLewis

      Good lord. That would be a bad idea. Kevin Love is a “stretch four”. Patrick Patterson is a “stretch four”. Steve Novak is a “stretched three playing as a four”.

      • FREEJV

        its ok as long as he plays against the second unit guys who else would u rather have? ……and dont say chuck hayes pls

        • DDayLewis

          Patterson’s injury leaves ~24 minutes to be filled. Novak should get no more than 6 of those. Hansbrough will soak up the bulk of his minutes, and Jonas/Amir can make up the rest.

          Novak is a huge defensive liability and Casey doesn’t run any plays for him.

          • FREEJV

            no hansbrough soaks up his own minutes he already got minutes when patterson was playing.

            • DDayLewis

              Yeah, and now he gets more.

              • FREEJV

                steve novak 4/4 dont talk shit again

                • FREEJV

                  5/6 now

                • DDayLewis

                  How am I talking shit? Is this how you function in real life as well?

                  Novak had a great game.

                • FREEJV

                  “thats a bad idea”. “he should get no more than 6 minutes”. #hatersgonnahate

                • DDayLewis

                  Wow. Look at that shit I’m flinging his way. I can’t believe I dissed him like that.

                • FREEJV

                  well he flung 5 3s your way so its even now.

                • DDayLewis

                  It’s even for what?

                • jjdynomite

                  I am pleased FREEJV called you on your garbage predictive bias against Novak, Will, so I wouldn’t have to.

                  Fact is, Minny is a brutal defensive team, including being weak against the 3. But lets crap on Novak even though we haven’t seen him play extended minutes in quite a while.

                  Sheesh, maybe you should stop talking shit on Sundays. Didn’t you predict a 20-point win for the Warriors last weekend?

                • FREEJV

                  dont worry he wont be talking shit anymore

                • DDayLewis

                  Yeah I specifically pick Sundays to shit on the Raptors.

                  Seriously, where do you guys get this from?

                • Real nigg a form the streets

                  please, i don’t want to hear anyone shit come out of your mouth on this day.

      • CJT

        Do you feel silly yet?

        • hotshot

          he shouldn’t feel silly, its 1 freaking game!! the other games he will be eaten alive!

          • FREEJV

            we will see tmr . Are you the next hater hes gonna shut up?

            • hotshot

              when other then today did he even really shut anyone up in a Raptors uniform?!

              • FREEJV

                golden state he made like 4 in a row but the point is when he gets minutes he will make at least a couple 3s so lets stop hating on his defense. btw how many pts did cunningham get today who was the guy Steve “nodefense” novak was guarding hmmm…..

        • DDayLewis

          Yes, I feel silly because Novak had a good game and therefore my critique of Novak is entirely invalidated.

  • Trip

    Get ready for small-ball.

  • Laksh

    These are the exact kind of teams we need him against..all of them have bigs which can cause a lot of trouble, and its nice having him space out the floor..wont be able to keep guys like garnett, monroe and randolph defending the perimeter without 2pat

    • FREEJV

      you forgot about novak

  • Jeffrey Yau

    I must say @DDayLewis:disqus really nice work on the Paint job if that was you 10/10

    • DDayLewis

      Thanks. I’m the Claude Monet of MS Paint.