Evans' return should mean minutes crunch

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

Raptors coach Jay Triano might have a bit of a minutes crunch up front to deal with for the final quarter of the season, but expect rookie Ed Davis to get considerable time.

With Reggie Evans set to return as soon as on Wednesday — he went through another full practice on Monday after being out since late November — Triano will get another big body to complicate his rotation.

Starting centre Andrea Bargnani came down with the flu again in London and is questionable for Wednesday’s tilt with the Utah Jazz.

Davis has been excellent in his inaugural NBA campaign and starting power forward Amir Johnson — still just 23 — is in the midst of his finest season yet. Where that leaves pending free agent and team elder statesman Evans is unclear.

Triano said he will make it work and will continue to get Davis on the court.

“Ed’s really starting to develop,” said the coach.

Davis said he has been working at adding to his game by shooting countless jump shots under the watchful eyes of assistant coaches Alex English and Scott Roth. He also said having Evans back at full strength has been beneficial.

“You know if you don’t want to practice, he’s going to want to practice and you’re going to have to bring it because you don’t want to get pushed around by him,” Davis said.

“He just helps the bigs a lot with his intensity and just playing hard every time he‚s out there.”


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