Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson will miss the next seven to 10 days with a sprained right elbow.
The team made the announcement before Sunday’s game at Minnesota. Coach Dwane Casey says Patterson has been bothered by the injury for some time, but aggravated it on Friday in a win over Sacramento.
It’s a big loss for the Raptors, who have taken off since acquiring Patterson from Sacramento as part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Kings on Dec. 9.
QUAD STRAIN — Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry says he will play limited minutes for the foreseeable future because of a strained right quad.
Curry said before the Warriors hosted the Suns that an MRI on his quad revealed the strain. He said he injured his quad during Golden State’s win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Friday’s victory over Atlanta.
“It was getting kind of worse and worse, especially if I sat down for an extended period of time, it got a little stiff,” Curry said. “It’s tolerable. There’s just a potential for when that muscle fatigues for other things to creep up, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.”
Warriors coach Mark Jackson said there’s no set limit on the All-Star point guard’s minutes. Both said they will communicate with each other during games to determine when — and how much — Curry plays.
SORE SHOULDER — Paul Pierce left the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Sacramento Kings after suffering a sore right shoulder in the opening minutes and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Pierce was guarding Sacramento’s Jason Thompson, who was backing him into the paint and then quickly spun around Pierce for a lay-up with 10:55 left in the opening quarter.
The impact from the post-up move had Pierce clutching his shoulder and he walked off the court with a Nets trainer.