Raptors’ Fields to visit hand specialist

November 9, 2012, 7:38 PM

It’s been a rough start to the season for Landry Fields. Through five games this season, Fields has averaged just 2.4 points per game on a dismal 20.8 percent shooting from the floor. He’s also totaled 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 21 minutes a contest. It hasn’t been pretty.

After Friday’s practice, coach Dwane Casey shed some light on why Fields might be struggling.

“Landry’s going to a hand specialist today,” Casey said. “After practice today. It’s precautionary, he’s been having some trouble with his hand. He’s going to see them today and we’ll see what happens.”

While the lack of production from Fields has been a constant question that Casey has had to deal with since preseason, he has remained confident in the abilities of the third-year swingman. No one ever wants to see a player deal with injury, but discovering a reason why a player is struggling is the first step to fixing it. The Raptors don’t know what is wrong with Fields’ hand, and Casey was careful to call the trip to the specialist “precautionary”. He did say that Fields would be undergoing diagnostic testing to see why the discomfort has been happening.

“It’s been bothering him for a couple of weeks now so he went today to a specialist to see,” Casey said. “We’ll see what it is.”

Despite the rocky start, Casey and the coaching staff remain committed to Fields.

“He’s a conscientious guy, he’s smart,” Casey said. “Sometimes he overanalyzes things, but he’s going to be okay. He’s a heck of a basketball player, he’s a glue guy. You have guys who don’t think the game, think the game, awareness, whatever. We know what kind of guy he is. We coach him accordingly. There’s no question about him among the coaching staff at all, he knows how to play basketball.”

During Casey’s media scrum he said that the coaching staff was looking at potential lineup changes for the Raptors game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. If Fields is unable to go, Alan Anderson could be inserted into the starting lineup in his place.

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