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Andrea Bargnani Injury: Updates on Raptors Forward's Elbow

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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2012

The problems for the Toronto Raptors continue with center Andrea Bargnani getting injured on Monday night.

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:03 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Bargnani, after a bit of confusion, will be taking the court tonight. The Raptors media relations department tweeted the news:

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14, at Noon ET by Ethan Grant

The Raptors already know that one of their best players is out with a ligament tear in his elbow. But according to Pro Basketball Talk and an Italian newspaper that Bargnani has been in communication with, that's not the only troubling facet of his current status.

Andrea Bargnani to Gazzetta.it: 'I will miss at least three weeks. We are the worst team in the NBA'

— Emiliano Carchia (@SportandoBasket) December 14, 2012

Apparently there is a limited timetable for his return, which would be about the second week of January. The more troubling statement is that his team is the "worst in the NBA," a statement that surely won't resonate well with teammates, fans or management.

If Bargnani is trying to motivate his teammates, he's going about it in the wrong way. When will professional athletes learn that comments to papers in other countries will get back to that team's media?

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 8:52 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Raptors' media relations gave some details on Bargnani's elbow injury:

Lowry: partial tear, right triceps. Expected out 10 days. Bargnani: ligament tear, right elbow & strained right wrist. Out indefinitely.

— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) December 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11:55 a.m. ET

Awful news for Raptors fans and fantasy owners as Andrea Bargnani (elbow) is out indefinitely, according to Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat.

Bargnani out indefinitely, Casey says bright spot is this will be Ed Davis' time to shine

— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 12, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 10, at 11:16 p.m. ET

There is some good news on the injury front, as it turns that the x-rays on the elbow were negative, according to the Raptors' media relations Twitter account:

 

X-rays negative on Bargnani's right elbow but he will not return. #Raptors

— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) December 11, 2012

He will not return, but the injury might not keep him out too long.

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Anne Peterson of the Associated Press reported that Bargnani went into the locker room with an arm injury:

Toronto's Andrea Bargnani went to the locker room with what appeared to be a right arm or elbow injury.

— Anne M. Peterson (@AnnieMPeterson) December 11, 2012

 

He reportedly went in for x-rays on his right elbow, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Andrea Bargnani to get x-ray on his right elbow after fall in first quarter.

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 11, 2012

Prior to the injury, the big man had two points and two rebounds in eight minutes in the first quarter.

For the season, Bargnani is tied with Kyle Lowry for second on the team with 16.8 points per game. Third-year player DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors 18.4 points per game.

Unfortunately, the seven-footer has also been limited to 4.4 rebounds per game.

The former No. 1 pick has been on the decline in the last few years. He only played 31 games a year ago due to a calf injury and his offensive production has slowed in that time.

Defensively, he has never been considered a top player and his absence could possibly be an improvement in that area for the team. 

This has led him to be the subject of multiple trade rumors over the past few weeks, according to Matt Moore of CBS. On the other hand, an injury could severely hurt his value. 

If he is out for any duration, the team will have to count on more playing time from Ed Davis and Amir Johnson, as well as a bigger contribution from center Jonas Valanciunas.

Check back for more updates as they become available.

 

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