When Andrea Bargnani hit a crucial three-pointer in the closing seconds of a win against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday, he reacted like a kid getting an iPod on Christmas morning, whooping and hollering as he bounced back to the Raptors bench.
It was an unusual display of emotion for the Toronto centre.
"That is the first time I have seen him excited like that," Chris Bosh said. "That's good. I think showing emotion like that is good for us."
In the eyes of coach Jay Triano, Bargnani's confidence is at a season high.
"He feels better about the way he is playing at the defensive end of the floor, he feels better about making shots which he struggled with for a little bit," Triano said. "He is trying to do other things. It makes him a complete basketball player."
Celtics a few down
The Boston Celtics likely will be short-handed against the Raptors tomorrow, as forwards Kevin Garnett (hyperextended knee) and Paul Pierce (knee infection) are, at best, doubtful.
"No excuses at all," Jarrett Jack said. "Those guys having two guys down will not make us go in there with any less focus. Everybody who plays at this level are pros, and you have to respect them as such."