No rescue mission in the works just yet
Don’t expect Andrea Bargnani to come riding to the Raptors rescue just yet.
While the team’s leading scorer appears to be getting around these days without much problem, getting around and running up and down a court and landing on that strained left calf is still something he hasn’t tried.
Bargnani is travelling with the team, a change from last season when the injured players stayed behind while the team went on the road.
Asked after the loss in Washington how he was progressing, Bargnani said the calf is getting better but cautioned he has not run on it yet.
He is staying busy in the weight room but joining workouts is still days away.
While he doesn’t enjoy watching his teammates and not being able to help out, he said he would much prefer to be with them and part of the team than back in Toronto working out by himself.
The Raptors are just 2-11 in the 13 games he has missed. The team lost all six games before Bargnani returned following his first six-game absence. They won the next two with him in the lineup and are 2-5 since he re-injured his leg in that win over Utah two weeks ago.
During his first absence the Raptors averaged just 81 points a night. In the seven games since he went out the second time, Toronto is averaging 88.4 points a night.
The biggest contributors to the difference are Jerryd Bayless and Linas Kleiza. Bayless, who has made five starts in the past seven games is averaging 16.1 points a game over those seven games.
Kleiza, who has started just one game in the past seven, has been a boost with the second unit averaging 11.3 points a night.
It looks like Bargnani out until after ASG
Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is not expected to return to the lineup until after the All-Star break.
Bargnani has been sidelined for the past eight games after aggravating a strained left calf.
“His timeframe is extended, whether it is two weeks or three weeks, whatever it is,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after Thursday’s practice.
After missing six games last month with a calf injury, Bargnani aggravated it in his second game back.
Toronto’s leading scorer, Bargnani is averaging 23.5 points and 6.4 rebounds for the season.
Bargnani in Sprite Ad With Kobe
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