Tuesday December 1 2009 – 11:29am Eastern – Toronto, ON

KEY STRETCH

It all begins today.  4 games in 5 nights for the Toronto Raptors.

vs Washington
@ Atlanta
@ Washington
@ Chicago

Considering Toronto is 1-2 on the first game of back to backs … and 0-3 on the second game of back to backs, it’s easy to see why this is such an important – and daunting – week.

Going 2-2 would be a moot point … ’cause you’d still be stuck 4 games below .500 and spinning your wheels.  Anything less than that (1-3 or (ugh) 0-4) would be a nightmare.

If the Raptors want to be the kind of team that many felt they could be when the season began, now is the time to start turning things around.  Eight of Toronto’s next 15 games — and * 4 of their next 5 * – are against teams that are currently under .500, thus, the Raps must take advantage.

THE ITALIAN JOB

Has he had inconsistent stretches?

Yes.

Has he been the kind of defender – on a nightly basis – that you need/want?

No.  Though I don’t think he’s as bad as some make him out to be.

But in spite of some perceived regression this year, Andrea Bargnani is having a career-year thus far

* Bargnani in NOVEMBER:

2006 – 7.4 PPG, 2.5 REB, 42.5 FG%, 82.1 FT%
2007 – 12.4 PPG, 4.7 REB, 42.1 FG%, 77.5 FT%
2008 – 12.1 PPG,  5.3 REB, 46.0 FG%, 59.3 FT%
2009 – 17.2 PPG, 6.4 REB, 47.9 FG%, 90.0 FT%

Whether or not he can keep of this pace remains to be seen, but here’s how Bargnani’s 2009-10 numbers stack up against his previous career totals:

2009-10 – 17.2 PPG, 6.4 REB, 1.1 ASST, 1.2 BLK, 47.9 FG%, 90.0 FT%, 40.5 3PT%
2008-09 – 15.4 PPG, 5.3 REB, 1.2 ASST, 1.2 BLK, 45.0 FG%, 83.1 FT%, 40.9 3PT%
2007-08 – 10.2 PPG, 3.7 REB, 1.1 ASST, 0.5 BLK, 38.6 FG%, 84.0 FT%, 34.5 3PT%
2006-07 – 11.6 PPG, 3.9 REB, 0.8 ASST, 0.8 BLK, 42.7 FG%, 82.4 FT%, 37.3 3PT%

Bargnani is in the Top 25 in the league in total points (#24) … in the Top 20 for total blocks (#20) …  and Top 5 in FT% (#4).

For what it’s worth, here are the numbers for LaMarcus Aldridge this season in Portland (averaging :19 seconds less per game than Bargnani):  15.0 PPG, 7.5 REB, 1.7 ASST, 0.5 BLK, 48.0 FG%, 82.8 FT%

MO IS GONE

Thanks to everyone that donated to my MOVEMBER cause.  I may do it again next year.

www.movember.com

For now … it’s time to fear the beard again

E. Smith

3 Responses to “Bargs, Beards, and Big Games”
  1. 1.

    I think Bargnani’s numbers are a pleasant surprise as we were hoping for him to approach a 20/8 season.

    The difference is his continued lack of intensity, seeming indifference to crashing the glass, using his size. I’ve often said that he just looks sleepy on the floor.

    If someone could remind him that he’s Italian (I’m not), develop an attitude, get angry, BECOME DIFFICULT TO PLAY AGAINST….he’d get that 20/8 average EASY.

    - Gary
  2. 2.

    Excellent work on the Bargs stats. Should silence some of his haters out there. I still find it funny that on the live broadcasts, whenever Bargs scores, the telecasters punctuate their statements of praise with “BUT, he could rebound more”, or “BUT, if only he could bring it on the defensive end”. Jeez, let the guy play, he’s a flat out baller!!!

    - P Murray
  3. 3.

    its not that he cant score eric, we know he can make shots.

    It has more to do with the stupid shots he takes and the timing of them.

    Not to mention on defence everytime he switches he gets lost on the rotation. LOST

    He needs to show some emotion

    - jose hater
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