The Raptors continued the upward growth, winning a franchise record 56 games before losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The showing was even more impressive considering offseason acquisition DeMarre Carroll missed over 50 games with a handful of injuries, including in-season knee surgery.
Carroll’s missed games accounted for just over half of Toronto’s total games lost to injury in 2014-15 as the team took a small step backward in health. However head athletic trainer Scott McCullough and Director of Sports Science Alex McKechnie continued to keep soft tissue injuries, especially muscle-related ones, to a minimum, a good indicator of a successful medical team.
Unfortunately the team enters the season with two surgeries already weighing them down. Jared Sullinger, the team’s latest addition and a player penciled in as a start, is expected to miss an extended period after having surgical hardware inserted into his fifth metatarsal. The move is considered an aggressive preventative measure to help stabilize stress reactions in the bone. The decision may hurt in the short-term but could pay dividends down the road, especially when Sullinger’s history of foot injuries. Second year guard Delon Wright will also miss time recovering from surgery to fix a torn labrum sustained in Summer League.