Mar 7, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) defends against Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy (5) during the second half at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Sacramento 99-87. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors’ Patterson out 7-10 games

Toronto Raptors back-up power forward Patrick Patterson is out for the next 7-10 games after re-aggravating an elbow injury in Friday night’s victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Patterson’s presence will be sorely missed by the Raptors in their next game as Toronto’s deep bench looks to dominate the Minnesota Timberwolves’ reserves. The Wolves’ bench has recently kept the team out of the win column by giving up the momentum the starters gained in a recent comeback attempt against the New York Knicks. It also nearly coughed up a massive lead against the Detroit Pistons.

“It’s huge (Patterson’s loss) because of how he stretches the floor and the things he brings to the table. We are going to miss him, but now is the opportunity for someone else. Everybody stays prepared…..next guy up has to got to be ready to step in and take up those minutes and produce,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

Patterson has appeared in 39 games for the Raptors this season and is averaging 9.7 points in 23 minutes.

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