5. Patrick McCaw
Opponent: Charlotte Hornets
With Fred VanVleet also out for the Raptors, Patrick McCaw got himself another chance to start and prove to Nick Nurse that he deserves more minutes going forward. After just suffering a tough loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, McCaw needed to come out strong to give the Raptors momentum.
Unfortunately, he looked very passive in the first as he was only able to tally two points and one assist as the Raptors clearly looked fatigued, down by two at the end of the quarter. The second quarter, however, was a completely different story as McCaw came out firing on all cylinders. He finished the quarter with a solid nine points to go along with one rebound and three assists as he helped the Raptors gain some momentum and build a five-point lead heading into half time.
McCaw continued to facilitate the offense in the third quarter as the Raptors were looking to maintain their lead. He added two points, two rebounds and three assists as the Raptors held a slim two-point lead heading into the fourth. McCaw continued to be passive in the fourth quarter as well but he was still facilitating points through his assists. He finished the fourth with two rebounds and two assists, but the game ended tied and needed overtime.
In overtime, McCaw continued playing the same way. He dished out another two assists and came up with a steal as the Raptors were able to seal a narrow two-point win.
Patrick McCaw has clearly shown to have talent in bunches, but the problem for him is consistency. If he can continuously facilitate the offense off the bench while scoring a few points a night it could be a huge help for the Raptors.