Takeaways from Toronto Raptors much-needed win vs Brooklyn Nets

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How much is too much?

No disrespect is ever intended, but how much really is too much when it comes to playing Patrick McCaw?

We know what his limitations on offense are, and unfortunately, they are glaring at best. When McCaw is on the court, the Raptors are at a significant offensive disadvantage, such is his liability. It’s been said ad nauseam, but the Raptors are playing 4v5 on offense when McCaw is on the court and his defense isn’t constant enough to overturn the deficit.

With that being said, McCaw played 28 minutes against the Nets, finishing with two points on 1-of-7 shooting, adding two rebounds and three assists. His only points came from a Kyle Lowry outlet pass that led to an open lay-up.

There must be something that Nick Nurse loves about McCaw, and some of us are genuinely still trying to figure out what it could really be. McCaw has the chance to be a solid rotational player, especially when his defense is on point – and it was decent against the Nets – but until he becomes more than just a player who makes cuts to the basket, then it’s difficult to watch.

Considering that OG Anunoby only played 21 minutes and McCaw played crunch time minutes – ones which are more suited to a strong offensive player – then this could clearly be something that we may need to get used to. McCaw finished a strong plus-11 in the game, but reservations will still exist.

Nick Nurse – a title-winning head coach – obviously likes him, though, so who are we mere mortals to question him?