No question that the Raptors' biggest success story of the season was their biggest player. Andrea Bargnani has arrived.
"We saw a little bit of everything in his game," coach Jay Triano said of Bargnani, who sat out last night because of a sore left heel.
"I think he's gotten a lot stronger and with that he's become more confident in everything he does, whether that's rebounding the ball, defending or taking it to the basket. Teams used to switch little guys on him and he would struggle going down into the low block. Now he makes people pay for switching on him.
"He's shown he can hit the three, he's got the pull-up (shot) now, he can take the ball all the way to the basket."
As with many players in Bargnani's universe, the Raptors are trying to make him better defensively, in areas such as rebounding.
"That will come," Triano said. "Obviously, he has great timing as seen from the number of shots he's blocked and the number of times he gets a hand on the ball. It's just the desire of making contact, then turning and going to get it. Then he will be a complete player."
With his second rebound last night, Chris Bosh reached 4,000 in his career ... Nathan Jawai rejoined the Raptors from Idaho of the D League last night, but just to catch a ride back to Toronto for physicals and season-ending meetings ... Chicago went into last night's game having won 14 of its past 15 home games. The Los Angeles Lakers administered the loss on March 21.