The Raptors have no major injuries heading into the season, but there is one health issue that could have a large impact on the opener. Andrea Bargnani was still suffering flu-like symptoms when he arrived at practice on Tuesday and was sent straight home to keep whatever is ailing him from the rest of the team. Head coach Dwane Casey said it was too early to determine whether Bargnani would be able to play Wednesday, but there's no question his absence would be felt. "We will go as far offensively as he can take us because he is such a three-point threat on the court," Casey said. "He space for the floor for us. You know when he has the juices flowing. He has a bounce to his step." He just didn't have much bounce on Tuesday. ROUGH ROAD LESS BUMPY The schedule-maker may not have done the Raptors any favours, but the basketball gods seem to be doing their best to even things out a bit. While the team must endure 15 games on the road in a 22-game stretch to begin the season, a slew of key players on opposing rosters aren't going to be available against the Raptors. In fact, it begins on opening night when the Indiana Pacers come to town without last year's leading scorer, small forward Danny Granger. Granger is out indefinitely with a sore left knee. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey had been game-planning up until Tuesday's practice expecting Granger to be in the mix.
Something is bugging Bargnani
Toronto Sun | Oct 31