Wednesday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies was big for a number of reasons. First and foremost it was one of those gut-check games with a lot going against the Raptors that they managed to overcome.
Individually it was big for Andrea Bargnani too. The Raps' 7-footer didn't have his best game of the season scoring and for Bargnani that often translates into not much else at the other end of the floor, but Bargnani managed to be a key factor nonetheless.
"He struggled offensively in the first half," coach Sam Mitchell said. "In the third quarter, he made some shots for us, and he played good defence. He rebounded the ball and that's the thing we need from him and he's capable of doing it."
Bargnani finished the night with 13 points and 11 rebounds, his second career double-double.
"I think this (kind of game) helps him grow up," Chris Bosh said of Bargnani. "It's like that sometime. "He didn't shoot well Tuesday night in Dallas. He comes back (last night) and doesn't shoot well but he hung in there and he rebounded the basketball. He made some big shots for us late and he played Pau (Gasol) really well down the stretch."
WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?
Chris Bosh didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Bosh seemed genuinely surprised when he was asked if the Raptors should have responded or come to Jamario Moon's defence when he got hammered going to the basket Wednesday night by Stromile Swift. "No, that's when you get in trouble," he said. "You can't really retaliate. I don't think it was a dirty play in that case. Moon just has to learn that in those cases he has to protect himself. You have to know the foul is coming and make sure you get free throws. You live and you learn, but as far as retaliation? That's when things get ugly."