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Raptors recall McKinnie, Powell on crutches

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday that they have recalled Alfonzo McKinnie from Raptors 905 of the G League. While fun news for McKinnie, this may be a bad sign for the Raptors, as it could be a move aimed at providing depth and insurance in response to injury.

The Raptors lost Norman Powell to a right hip pointer during the first half of Sunday’s game, and multiple beat reporters passed along that he was leaving the arena on crutches. Hip pointers can come in varying degrees of severity with differing timelines for return, but a quick look at its recent history in the NBA suggests two-to-four weeks is a rough estimate. Toronto probably won’t provide an update until swelling in Powell’s hip area is down and he can be further evaluated, but the McKinnie addition covers their bases for a Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back that otherwise would have saw them playing with just 11 healthy bodies.

McKinnie has been working with the 905 since last week, appearing in three games. He was not originally expected to rejoin the parent club on this trip, with the 905 playing a home game in Mississauga Tuesday morning. Over his three appearances, McKinnie is averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, one steal, and one block while hitting 3-of-10 from long-range and 14-of-23 inside the arc. The 905 are 2-1 in those games, including a big comeback victory Sunday afternoon in Westchester. McKinnie previously appeared in three games with the Raptors, scoring nine points in 11 minutes of garbage time.

Bruno Caboclo was not recalled, with the plan seemingly to keep him getting steady minutes with Jerry Stackhouse and company. Caboclo is averaging 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 blocks and has hit 7 of his 12 3-point attempts, largely playing at the center position.

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