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Raptors release injury update: Lowry out 10 days, Bargnani out indefinitely

Dec 12, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani reacts to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah Reuters

The Raptors haven’t been very good when healthy this season, so one can only assume that prolonged absences due to injury from the team’s best players won’t help the situation.

The team released an update to its injured players, and while the news is better than expected where Kyle Lowry is concerned, the news isn’t good at all for Andrea Bargnani.

From the official release:

Guard Kyle Lowry has a partial tear to his right triceps muscle. He will be treated symptomatically with an estimated return time of 10 days.

Lowry sustained the injury at the 11:02 mark of the third quarter Monday at Portland.

Forward-centre Andrea Bargnani has a ligament tear in his right elbow and a strained right wrist. He will be treated symptomatically and is out indefinitely.

Bargnani sustained the injury at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter Monday at Portland.

The Bargnani news is particularly troubling, given the fact that he has a contract which will guarantee him $23 million over the next two seasons. If he’s out for the next couple of months, it’ll be tough to move him and that large dollar figure before the trade deadline.

Lowry coming back soon is at least a small piece of positive news for a team that has been dealing with a season full of negativity.

Toronto was down to just eight healthy players for Wednesday night’s game against the Nets.

  1. ruffridin - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Vancouver needs an NBA team so Canada can have at least one franchise.

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Translation: we’re so bad that we might as well tank now and hope we can keep that first round pick for next draft. Only problem is that Davis coming in for Bargs will probably get us a couple wins. He put up 24 and 12 tonight, the latter number being Bargnani’s average rebound total for a full season.

    • borderline1988 - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Yep, I’m happy with this.

      The season’s long gone by now…let Valuncianus, Davis, Ross and Derozan just jack up shots and hopefuly improve for next year. Trade Bargnani and Calderon at the deadline, and keep Lowry healthy.

      And then hope that the Raptors get one of the top 3 picks (although as a Toronto sports fan, you just know they’re gonna land the 4th pick lol).

  3. nagidac - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    What’s the point of having a number one pick in a weak draft year without a good number one prospect? The last team that had a number one pick in a sub-par draft year was, in fact, the Raptors, who picked Bargnani with their number one. Since then, Rose, Griffin, Wall, Irving, & Davis (excluding the injury prone Oden, who had Durant right behind him anyway) were number ones, or in other words, players anyone would rather have on their team over Bargnani.

    One good thing about last night though was the Raptors played a good game in spite of the missing players, and pushed the Nets until the end. Hopefully these injuries will give some younger players some more time to develop.

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