Andrea Bargnani is nearing a return to the Raptors.
Head coach Dwane Casey did not offer an exact return date for the team’s leading scorer after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at ACC, but did reveal that Bargnani is expected to be a full participant in Thursday’s practice. How Bargnani’s calf responds to that full contact workout (and likely another practice on Friday), will be key to determining if he can return at some point this weekend with games in Detroit on Saturday or at home Sunday against the Bucks.
In other lineup news, forward Amir Johnson will return and start against the Rockets after missing Monday’s game against the Magic due to a sore right knee. Reserve guard/forward Gary Forbes will not play due to an emergency dental procedure.
Watch more shootaround video from James Johnson and Jose Calderon below.
TOR – Jose Calderon (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), James Johnson (F), Amir Johnson (F), Aaron Gray (C).
HOU – Kyle Lowry (G), Kevin Martin (G), Chandler Parsons (F), Luis Scola (F), Samuel Dalembert (C)
TOR – Andrea Bargnani (left calf strain) – out
HOU – Jordan Hill (sprained MCL in right knee)