Short and sweet today:
- Andrea Bargnani is taking a long time to get back into form after his long layoff. The Raptors publicly say they aren’t concerned, but Bargnani admits he is playing poorly. Expecting him to return to his career-best level from earlier this season is asking a lot, but once he gets his timing back he should at least be a lot better than he has shown.
- The Bulls are a heck of a team. That’s what depth can do for you. Taj Gibson is one of the best reserves in the league and Omer Asik bring great defence off of the bench. When John Lucas III and Kyle Korver go off like that, it helps make up for the absence of Derrick Rose. Once Rose is healthy, they will be very good. Perhaps even good enough to give Miami a scare.
- Amir Johnson was one of the better Raptors but didn’t see a ton of action. Guess Dwane Casey wanted to go with bigger players, but I thought he was very effective at both ends.
- The loss of Jerryd Bayless really hurt the Raptors. Jose Calderon had one of his worst games of the season on offence, and also looked poor at times defensively.