Raptors tired of bigs getting pushed around

Tyler Hansbrough served notice on Monday night against the Pelicans that he is back and ready to be...

Tyler Hansbrough served notice on Monday night against the Pelicans that he is back and ready to be noticed again. (USA Today Sports)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

TORONTO - Tyler Hansbrough was brought to Toronto in the off-season to give this lineup a boost in the physicality department.

But back-to-back injuries, first a shoulder injury in December that cost him a week and then a bone bruise on his ankle in January, have conspired to make him an almost forgotten man on the Raptors roster.

For the month of November Hansbrough was averaging 19:35 minutes a game. That dipped to 14:40 a night in December and again further dipped to just 11:29 in January. So far in February he is averaging just 8:53 a night.

Monday night he sent notice that he’s back and ready to be noticed again.

“I thought he and Pat (Patterson) were the difference in the game,” head coach Dwane Casey said of Hansbrough.


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