Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the Toronto Raptors‘ most hated big man, Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani’s dismal play has caused many fans to turn on him, to the point where #TradeBargnani was trending in Canada, and he’s been a big culprit in terms of the Raps current record. However, in the the Raps 101-97 win over the Phoenix Suns, Bargnani played some of the best defense of his career and hit two clutch free throws to seal the win for the Raptors.
While Bargnani only logged 27 minutes and scored 4 points, he played with some passion defensively and got some huge stops down the stretch, something I’ve never seen out of him. Bargnani knows that his time may be running low, especially with the emergence of Ed Davis, who has been huge lately.
Could this mean Bargnani is finally going to step it up on the other side of the court? We all know he can score- and every team needs a big man who can score. If he can start defending like that on a more consistent basis and slightly increase his rebound production, it may be time to re-think what the Raps should do with Bargnani.
On another note, the addition of Mickael Pietrus may be added edge that the Raps need. He gives them a three-point punch, and consistent perimeter defense, and is solid in late game situations. He certainly should help the Raptors on their conquest to fix their biggest problem- closing games. Last night, they were finally able to close out a game, and were rewarded with a much needed win. While Pietrus is no star, he could end up being the difference for this team, and spark a much needed winning streak. Dwane Casey can finally stop using the awful two-point guard line-up, and his rotations have improved lately- it appears as if he’s figuring things out.
The Raptors are still in a hole, but the only way to fix that is to continue to win, and it has to start on this tough 5 game road trip.
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