After a lengthy absence from game action, Andrea Bargnani is almost back… for the second time.
Bargnani, who has missed the last 20 games after he aggravated a strained left calf injury in the Raptors’ double OT win in Utah on January 25th, confirmed it after Thursday’s practice at ACC. Depending on how he responds to the first practice and another on Friday, the team’s leading scorer should return either Saturday in Detroit or at ACC Sunday against the Bucks.
Bargnani’s second setback came well into a second game in as many nights and head coach Dwane Casey recognizes that monitoring the minutes of his best player — especially with so many back-to-backs on the horizon — will be of vital importance. More from Casey below.
When Bargnani returns, the biggest adjustment from any current player on a Raptors roster that’s really in a bit of a groove right now may need to come from DeMar DeRozan. The third-year swingman has seen his offence not only spike, but develop a consistency that simply wasn’t present in the first-half of this condensed season.
DeRozan spoke about his recent success and how he and Bargnani can bring out the best in one another whenever the big man returns.