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Old 12-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default Casey: Bargnani is the hub

“We are going to go the way Andrea goes offensively,” Casey said. “[With Bargnani,] we are a different team. We spread the floor. The floor is spaced. DeMar has more space to operate. [Bargnani] is the hub, the core. He is the guy everything kind of revolves around. If he is active engaged and productive, not only at the offensive end, but on the defensive end, we are a different team.”

Bargnani has put together some very good offensive and defensive games this season, but rarely at the same time and not often enough to help pull out a few more much needed wins. Unfortunately for Bargnani’s detractors, Casey is right. On most nights, this team just doesn’t have enough offensive talent to close the deal without a good game from Bargnani.

There are signs Bargnani is finding his shooting stroke again and he has played well offensively in five of the past seven games. Also, Lowry may still be experiencing some pain, but in his last two games, it didn’t affect his production. Plus, Colangelo recently signed veteran free agent Mickael Pietrus to help stop the bleeding at the small forward position. The remaining four games on this road trip will provide a test of whether the Raptors are starting to get back on track.

“Anytime you lose a lot of games, you seem to be a little bit down, but it is a long season,” Pietrus said. “Teams are going to lose games and teams are going to win some and hopefully we are going to win more than we lose. We are very young. We have to bring a lot of energy and make things happen. We are too young to be thinking about basketball loses.”

When the Raptors return to the Air Canada Center on December 12, they will have 60 games remaining in their season and they can’t afford to be 4-18. A 0-5 road trip would make that four-and-a-half foot deep hole Lowry describes pretty close to six feet deep. The season may not be over for Toronto yet and maybe Colangelo could pull off the miracle trade that would overcome a continuing slide, but more likely Bargnani’s analysis is correct. No one is coming to help them. To keep their season hopes alive, they just have to win.

Time for Colangelo to add to this. If he believes in Lowry, move Jose, Amir and Landry and get some SF help. Casey knows the pieces he needs, time to give him a bit more help though.

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