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Andrea Bargnani back on the shelf

Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:28 am
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Bargnani re-injured is calf against the Jazz Wednesday. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Andrea Bargnani had just gotten back on the court after a calf injury had kept him on the sidelines and crashed the Raptors' momentum. He scored a career high against the Suns Tuesday nights and followed that up by helping the Raps topple the Jazz on a back-to-back. But during that game, he also tweaked the same calf he had just healed. And this time? According to him, it's "much worse." 
Bargnani, who had been as dominant at times Wednesday as he had been in a brilliant return from injury on Tuesday, hobbled to the bench in the first overtime period, a forlorn look on his face and the left leg that had caused him to miss six games once again injured.

“We’ll see what the severity of it is — or if it’s severe — evaluate it and go from there,” coach Dwane Casey said of Bargnani’s injury.

Bargnani said it was “much worse” than the last time he hurt himself.
via Toronto Raptors win double-OT thriller, but Andrea Bargnani hurt again - thestar.com.

It's a huge blow for the Raptors who are now on a two-game winning streak. It's not just Bargnani's points. It's that he's defending at such a higher level, for the first time in his career. It ruins all the Raptors' momentum, kills Bargnani's razor-thin chances at an All-Star game appearance, and puts more pressure on a Raptors frontcourt that has been falling apart as of late. 

Ed Davis has been unable to put his considerable tools together in what was expected to be a breakout year for him, while Amir Johnson pretty much is what Amir Johnson pretty much is. Aaron Gray has been playing well next to Bargnani but can't do too much on his own. The Raptors could certainly use the help of rookie Jonas Valanciunas, still in Europe on the last year of his contract. 

Hopefully the injury won't keep him out as long as he seems to think it will. At least Raptors fans have something to look forward to, no matter how rocky the immediate future might get. 

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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Andrea Bargnani back on the shelf

Not wishing Andrea bad, the best thing for the Raptors is a very high lottery pick in this strong draft. The Raptors need more talent and it is available in this draft. So Bargnani out is a blessing in disguise.



Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Andrea Bargnani back on the shelf

36 is not his career high and Bargnani continues to be eggregiously underrated.



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:02 am
 

Andrea Bargnani back on the shelf

His career high was 41 pts against the Knicks at MSG... 



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:59 am
 

Andrea Bargnani back on the shelf

I'm never one for tanking.  As a Raptors fan, I want to see them win every game possible.  But let's be straight: This shortened season is lost year.  With Bargnani out, give your young core players like DeRozen and E.Davis as much PT as possible, see what they can do and most importantly, get the experience they need for the future.  If that means losing most of your games, so be it.  In today's NBA, the only chance markets like Toronto have is to get high draft picks and build through the draft.  There is no advantage for the Raptors to finish in or around .500.  Getting a lottery pick in what is believed to be a strong 2012 draft class is extremely important.  Bargnani, a more seasoned DeRozen and Davis, Valanciunas and lottery PG, combined with strong depth pieces currently on the roster, will make the '12-13 team much more competitive.



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