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Old 04-08-2011, 08:42 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Default And if Bargnani would have played hard?

I have read a lot of Bargnani bashing this days.

At the beginning of the season Bargnani seemed lost. Than came a time where the team was able to win some games and quite a lot of this games Bargnani was good. It was consensus that his man to man defence was average and his help defence poor (btw there was a nice post somewhere where it has been analyzed how help defence impacts on the bigs, who are the last wall of defence, and that foultrouble are a problem for bigs in helpdefence). But it was also stated that he seemed lost only at times, not the whole game and he produced at least some blocks.
The team was 8-11 when Reggie broke his foot (can't remember) and was on pace to fight for playoffs.

Now Bargnani does not block anymore, does not rebound and he does not foul at all. We are 21-52 and tied for the 3rd lottery slot.

I have now a question in my mind:
If Bargnani would have played with the same effort of the first games and if we would have won 6-7 games more, we would look at a the 7th-8th lottery spot, with a crap-shot to get a good player.
Perhaps it was on purpose that Bargnani played so lazy?
Perhaps he was simply not motivated and the staff thought its good, so they can tank?
At least Bargnani didn't suffer any major injury this season and could rest ^^.

Lets hope its the Bargnani from game 11 to 20 that shows up next season.
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