One of those days came on Wednesday when the Raptors lost 103-92 to the Cleveland Cavaliers who were playing without NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Bargnani was lost in space this particular game. He missed all four of his field goal attempts, did not score and had one rebound in 16 minutes. That’s not getting your money’s worth from a No. 1 pick.
Not that Bargnani hasn’t had decent statistics. He’s averaging 12.9 points and 3.6 rebounds a game, but he hasn’t scored points in three of his last four games.
Yes, he’s sustained elbow and wrist injuries this season and the team has been cutting him some slack. But the slack cutting can go only so far.
Bargnani had some fabulous games in November and December for the Raptors. He had one stretch of 22, 25 and 34 points. But then he would fall into that poor game with four points. Now, obviously all NBA players have their off nights, but Bargnani is having too many of those. He also has had very low productivity for the most part since coming back from his injury. Not many are allowing him to use his injury as an excuse, nor should they.
What’s disappointing for Toronto fans is that Bargnani came into this season having made some impressive accomplishment in the past. He averaged 19.5 points a game last year and 21.4 the season before.
But lately, those type of stats have been forgotten. Bargnani isn’t delivering and the Raptors have to figure out why.