Raptors coach Dwane Casey says Alan Anderson (left) has been struggling. (Reuters)
It’s never an easy task finding minutes for 10 men, let alone 13, on any given night.
When seven of those are wing players, it’s even tougher. Even removing Linas Kleiza and Mickael Pietrus from the mix, as injuries have done, still leaves five players for two positions.
Starters Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan don’t have to worry about minutes. But divvying backup minutes at the two spots between three others has not been easy.
“Alan’s shooting is a hard read,” head coach Dwane Casey said of Anderson. “He has struggled a little bit. I thought he bounced back last week (in the Memphis game). His shooting is the X-factor for us. But Landry (Fields’) activity, his movement, his energy coming in the game whether it’s at the three or the four, we have to read whether we need that or shooting. His defence is solid, but his energy moving and cutting and causing almost ... chaos in the offensive end cutting to the basket and that type of thing, I think, helps us."