Raptors news: Patrick McCaw (personal reasons) out for Game 1 vs. Bucks
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Raptors’ Patrick McCaw (personal reasons) out for Game 1 vs. Bucks

Patrick McCaw

The Toronto Raptors will be without Patrick McCaw for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals as the reserve guard deals with a personal matter, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

McCaw was unlikely to see the court in the series-opener except in garbage time. He’s played in just seven of the Raptors’ 12 playoff games thus far, failing to notch more than eight minutes of court time in each of his appearances. McCaw’s surest means of playing in Game 1 would have been the result of foul trouble or injury to starting guards Kyle Lowry and Danny Green, or reserves Fred Van Vleet and Norman Powell.

In 26 games with the Raptors during the regular season, McCaw averaged 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. Toronto signed the 23-year-old in January after he was released by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired him as a free agent in late December.

McCaw is best known for his two-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, who took him with the 38th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. After playing a major regular-season role for Golden State during his first two years in the league and occasionally making an impact in the playoffs, he declined a two-year, $5 million deal from the Warriors as a restricted free agent last summer, entering the 2018-19 season as a free agent.

There’s a chance McCaw could find himself on the floor at some point in this series against the Milwaukee Bucks, who boast several dynamic perimeter threats who he could theoretically be called on to guard in a time of need. However, it’s still unlikely that possibility comes to fruition in non-garbage time minutes.