|Will Andrea Bargnani ever improve his rebound rate|
to become a dependable 20-10 player?
Another point I will bring up is Andrea Bargnani's rebounding issues. Bargnani was recently interviewed by an Italian television station and was asked about his rebounding woes. Guess what he said.
"I play basketball, not rebound-ball."
Wow. Great attitude, Andrea. That's certainly the way to improve your rebounding. Bargnani also went on about how he's sometimes lazy and focuses more on offense.
This isn't news to us as Raptor fans, but it's of even more significance now that the matter is coming from the horse's mouth.
If Bargnani really wants to reach stardom and be considered a viable piece to build around, he will have to work at both ends of the court.
Onto the report:
Performance on a scale of 1-10: 7
Here is a recap of the three games:
Raptors vs Hornets, W 96-90
Jose, Jose, Jose! Really, Jose Calderon was terrific. He outplayed Chris Paul and was four rebounds shy of a triple-double with the statline of 22-16-6. His defense also was solid this game. DeMar DeRozan and James Johnson both put up a decent performance, and the defense unit was also pretty good.
Andrea Bargnani was relatively quiet, which is often the case when he doesn't get his touches for a given period of time in the game.
Raptors @ Nets, O2 Arena, L 103-116
The defense was atrocious, especially in the fourth quarter. For a team with only two games on national TV the whole season, it didn't seem like the Raps really wanted to give the NBA a great impression.
In the clutch, the Raps just weren't good enough. The Raps had many chances to win the game, and they couldn't capitalize. Deron Williams roasted the Raps and finish with 21 points and 18 assists.