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Raps adjust to life without Bargnani — again


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Linas Kleiza, who filled the Bargnani void for the final minute of the first overtime and then the full five of the second overtime in Salt Lake City, believes this is no time to start lamenting the Raptors’ bad fortune.

“This is NBA basketball,” Kleiza said. “Somebody is going to have to step up. We have a lot of great young guys, especially Ed (Davis). He’s going to have a bigger role. A bigger opportunity. He has to step in but collectively we have to pick it up. But if we play hard with energy like we did the last couple of nights we can get it done. “We still made a lot of mistakes especially in the beginning the past two games. We spotted them a lot of points. We can’t do that, especially now with Andrea out. We just have to go out there and play with confidence.”
NBA taking notice of Bargnani

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Why the change? Those around the team offer up all kinds of theories. Some look at coach Dwane Casey and his approach to pushing Bargnani in a way his previous coaches were unwilling or unable to push. Casey had no history with Bargnani. Yet there seemed an instant respect level upon their meeting. Casey set the bar high for him — told him the offence was going to be built around him, demanded that he contribute something with his 7-foot frame other than his matador defence of days gone by. Knowing that Bargnani was never going to be Charles Oakley on the boards, he realistically set out a plan for Bargnani, making him responsible offensively and defensively, demanding standards that were never demanded before.

The more Casey gets from Bargnani, the more he benefits as a head coach. Previous coaches Jay Triano and Sam Mitchell may have tried similar approaches with Bargnani, but he may have been too young, too weak, too flippant, not mature enough, or not given the right kind of push and support from Raptors management.

It’s no secret that Bryan Colangelo and Maurizio Gherardini, the GM and longtime assistant GM who was one of the forces behind the drafting of Bargnani at No. 1, pampered him through his first Toronto seasons. They turned a blind eye to his faults the way a parent often turns a blind eye to their children’s shortcomings. They let him be, thinking it was the right thing to do, defending him when necessary, usually giving him the easy way out: But the history of the Raptors babying players — see Vince Carter — hasn’t exactly worked in their favour.

What’s important now is that scouts and executives around the NBA have already noticed and noted the difference in Bargnani in this abbreviated season. It isn’t just that he’s scoring more — it’s how he’s scoring, what he’s doing on the court, what he’s contributing. The scouts don’t view him as a franchise player but as an important player who can be the second or third best player on a team of consequence.

Now all Bargnani has to do is heal — and fast — to continue with his newfound regard as an NBA player who truly matters.






Loss of Andrea Bargnani a big blow for Raptors


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If there is some small consolation this time around, it’s that the rest of the roster is healthy and getting in better game shape. Jerryd Bayless is finally getting back from 13 games off thanks to a sprained ankle and may be able to pick up some of the slack; Linas Kleiza’s coming on lately and could provide some scoring spark.






Finding the bright side of the Andrea Bargnani injury


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Bargnani’s absence — and he told reporters that the strain felt “much worse” this than last time, although that does not necessarily mean he will be out longer — promises a return to some tough times for the Raptors. A game in Denver, where the Raptors historically struggle, on Friday night could be an ugly one. Fans should be worried about that. The Raptors are 6-7 when Bargnani plays and 0-6 when he does not this year.

They should not be worried about Bargnani, however. As he sat there injured on Wednesday evening, Bargnani pulled at his hair. The camera caught him doing this for an extended period of time, capturing a portrait of a player beyond frustrated that he could not be on the floor to help his team.

There is no doubt that we have seen a different Bargnani on the court this year. However, this is something new entirely. Heart and desire have always been questioned with Bargnani. It might be a little simplistic. These could have been too-easy-to-form concerns for a hyper-talented first-overall pick who too often seems quiet and distant. But there was Bargnani, stewing about not being able to play. There was no doubt that not being able to finish out the game was killing him.

That type of fire might have always been there, but it did not always manifest itself publicly. Seeing it has to be re-assuring — or perhaps just assuring — for fans.

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SUNshine Girl Ashley, 21, may be small, at 4-foot-9, but she’s a complete package, with her big smile, curly locks and green eyes. She is a professional hair stylist and makeup artist who loves to take her tiny pooch Blondie for walks on the beach.


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Old 01-27-2012, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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RF girl...in my best Jack Armstrong voice....Hello !
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I think she has a really manly face.
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I think she has a really manly face.
That would be a very lovely man.
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I do see a resemblance to Hilary Swank - maybe that's the problem.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I like the outfit. But the wig is weird.
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I like the outfit. But the wig is weird.
when you said wig, i had to check...and after looking at other pictures i'd say that's her hair
btw - didn't know she was Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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How did you even notice the hair when the behind is the show
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I think she has a really manly face.
then I've been playing for the wrong team...
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How did you even notice the hair when the behind is the show
Because I'm female. We see "the show" lots.
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Is it me or does there seem to be a picture of Casey with this exact pose in almost all of these threads?
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Is it me or does there seem to be a picture of Casey with this exact pose in almost all of these threads?
Yep. He's a frustrated dude.

But I can't really blame him.
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Yep. He's a frustrated dude.

But I can't really blame him.
Oh come on, how could you get frustrated at this face?

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Yep. He's a frustrated dude.

But I can't really blame him.
he just wants a hug
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