After the Raptors’ latest slow start against the Mavs, head coach Dwane Casey acknowledged that a change to his starting five would have to be a consideration.
Injury may make that a necessity for Saturday’s home matchup vs the Sixers on Saturday (7PM, TSN, FAN590).
Landry Fields, who has started at small forward in every game for the Raptors, visited a hand specialist on Friday to examine discomfort in his right hand that he’s reportedly been experiencing for weeks.
The third-year pro has clearly struggled with his offence to start the season and an injury to his shooting hand could certainly be a factor in his current averages of 2.4 points (on 20.8 per cent shooting), 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 21 minutes per game.
But head coach Dwane Casey’s biggest issue early in games has been defence and as a result, he isn’t ruling any possible change out.
“We’re going to look at all positions,” Casey said on Friday. “It’s not anything that’s one position. We’ll let you know tomorrow.”
Casey would undoubtedly love to regain the services of Kyle Lowry, but the point guard did not participate in any contact drills on Friday and has been listed as a game time decision for Saturday’s game. Lowry has averaged 15.9 points (more than against any other team), 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game against his hometown team and you’d have to think he’d be determined to get back into the lineup on Saturday, if at all possible.
“He’s had some of his best games against Philly, so if he can go, he’s going to be able to go,” said Casey.
More from Alan Anderson and Andrea Bargnani after Friday’s practice below.