Bargnani not rattled

Andrea Bargnani drives past Darius Songaila in the second half of action between the Toronto...

Andrea Bargnani drives past Darius Songaila in the second half of action between the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards at the Air Canada Centre March 7th, 2008. (Sun Media / Dave Abel)

FRANK ZICARELLI

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Andrea Bargnani was back in the lineup last night, two nights after getting his teeth knocked out on a flagrant foul by the Miami Heat's Alexander Johnson.

Bargnani was floored in the third quarter during Wednesday's win and never returned.

After reviewing the incident, the NBA yesterday upgraded the flagrant foul one to a two, which carries an automatic one-game suspension.

Despite being matched up against smaller defenders, Bargnani spent last night's tip against the visiting Washington Wizards on the perimeter.

He did knock down his first three jumpers, including two three-pointers.

PRIMER FOR PRIMOZ

The learning curve for the newest Raptor, Primoz Brezec.

On one set, Brezec and Carlos Delfino weren't on the same page, resulting in a turnover when Delfino's entry pass was nowhere near its intended target in the form of Brezec.

Defensively, Brezec got caught looking at the ball instead of his man, resulting in a Wizards basket.

KUDOS TO KEVIN

Longtime equipment manager/travel co-ordinator Kevin DiPietro was named MVP for the month of February by MLSEL. DiPietro is considered one of the best at his profession in the NBA who has a keen shooting eye.

When Jason Kapono was preparing to defend his three-point crown, DiPietro often provided the opposition following many practices.

Kapono recalls one shooting session when DiPietro scored an 18.

"That would have been good enough to finish second,"' joked Kapono, who defended his title by registering a 25 during all-star weekend.


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