Time for the Raptors to start making some changes.
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) March 9, 2014
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)
Patterson has been playing through the elbow injury, sustained it a few weeks back but aggravated it Fri. Docs recommended 7-10 days of rest
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 9, 2014