Raps will miss Jorge

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

The Raptors have not yet played a game without Jorge Garbajosa but those in the organization have a good idea how big the task of replacing his minutes is going to be.

"Jorge is one of those guys you would call a glue player," Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo said. "We saw the same thing when Anthony Parker went out. They are guys that make basketball plays all the time, they make the right decisions."

Garbajosa, like fellow Spaniard Jose Calderon, is not concerned with anything but the number of wins his team puts up. But he does things others might not pick up on.

Garbajosa may force an opponent to move in such a way that it gives one of his Raptors teammates an opportunity to make a steal. The stat sheet does not reflect it but his teammates know it.

"Garbo is a big piece of the puzzle for us," Peterson said. "He's a guy who comes in every day and works hard and it's unfortunate it happened. Now it's going to be up to other guys to step up and pick up the slack."

STANDING PAT

Colangelo was not ruling out a change to his roster, but he made the likelihood of a move to address Garbajosa's loss sound unlikely.

"It is possible to make roster moves," Colangelo said. "As recently as this morning we were talking about various names and alternatives but there's nothing out there that jumps up necessarily."

Colangelo said there is always a chance a European League player whose team is no longer in the playoffs may become available.

"There's a couple of guys that still applies to, but we're not talking the same ilk of Jorge," Colangelo said. "Still, you're always looking to improve your team."

ANDREA SIGHTING

Andrea Bargnani may not be ready to return to action, but he is definitely mobile again.

The Raptors' first overall pick made an appearance at the team's practice yesterday.

But Bargnani is not quite ready to play following an emergency appendectomy last week.

"It was good to see him again," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "He'll see a doctor (today) and hopefully we'll be able to increase his activity a little bit."


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