Patterson nearing a return
Although he missed his 12th straight game, Patrick Patterson has been making progress and appears to be on the verge of returning from his right elbow injury.
Although the Raptors haven't had much practice time to get Patterson back up to speed - a concern Casey expressed before Friday's game - the Raptors' forward has been able to participate in smaller, three-on-three scrimmages since being cleared for contact earlier this week.
"[His] conditioning is probably going to be step behind a little bit," Casey acknowledged. "It's not going to be where he was before stepping away, so that's going to be expected. That's why now we need to kind of get him back in rhythm and with the lack of practice time it's going to have to be in a game situation."
Patterson could be back in uniform this weekend in Florida, as the Raptors begin a back-to-back set with the Magic on Sunday before visiting the Heat Monday evening