Flu bug bites Bargnani

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Andrea Bargnani, who couldn't make it past the opening quarter on Friday, wasn't able to make it through yesterday's practice.

Bargnani has been felled by the flu, which forced him to leave the team's loss to Detroit after playing 8:37.

Without Bargnani, the Raptors relied heavily on Chris Bosh, who attempted a career-high 31 heaves from the field.

Bosh led all scorers with 27 points, but he also missed 20 shots in Toronto's 99-95 overtime loss to the Pistons.

With the Pacers paying a visit to the ACC this afternoon, Bargnani's status is likely to be determined at game time.

Without Bargnani, the Raptors gave extended minutes to Pops Mensah-Bonsu and went with seldom-used Jake Voskuhl as the first big off the bench on Friday.

Shot in the dark

Their shot of making the post-season all but vanished, the Raptors could do themselves a favour by making shots. Against Detroit, the Raptors attempted 96 shots from the field, making only 39.

In the five-minute extra period, the Raptors went 1-for-8 from the floor. The team made only two shots from beyond the three-point arc, both by Jose Calderon, and one was produced in overtime.

The Graham mystery

Just when Joey Graham appears ready to turn the corner, he resorts to his disappearing act. He was a non-factor on Friday, scoring zero points and hauling down zero rebounds.

The numbers game

Bosh has averaged 31.0 points in the team's past three home games, a number that is sure to increase as he faces the Pacers today ... The Raptors have scored 48 or more points in the paint in four successive games after reaching that total only once in the first 62 games.


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