As we expected
Another game, another return.
Andrea Bargnani is indeed going to play tonight against Atlanta, Sam told us at shootaround an hour or so ago. He follows on the heels of Chris Bosh, who returned from injury on Sunday.
How much will Bargnani play? No one's sure.
"Some guys miss a little while come back and play good; some guys miss a little while and they come back and struggle,” said Sam.
"If he’s playing well, you can play him more minutes. I’m sure he’s not going to have the conditioning but I have to play him and start getting him back. He’s one of our best players."
If case you've been sleeping, Bagnani's missed four games with a hyper-extended knee.
The trouble for Sam, and Bargnani, is that there's precious little practice time. They play back-to-back tonight and tomorrow so Thursday will be a light work day, game Friday, light day Saturday going into a Sunday afternoon game and then a flight to L.A.
They'll have a full practice in Los Angeles on Monday but then it's four games in five days out west that takes them right up to the Christmas break
Busy time, indeed.