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Raptors vs Warriors Gameday Thread: Gay, Bargnani to Play Tonight vs Dubs

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Rudy Gay will give it a go despite back spasms and Andrea Bargnani will not only play, but finds himself back in the starting line-up tonight as the Toronto Raptors are in the Bay Area for a late-night tilt vs the Golden State Warriors.

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March 4, 2013

Sportsnet One - 10:30 PM EST

Rudy Gay playing?

Check.

Andrea Bargnani playing?

Check.

Andrea Bargnani starting?

Um...

...well...so...

Check.

Yep, operation "Inflate Andrea Bargnani's Trade Value" is in full effect and the Raps have cleared the deck to give Bargs 42 minutes a night.

Maybe not 42 minutes, but he'll certainly be getting an extended look based on Dwane Casey's comments to the media pre-game. Add on the fact that the Dinos sent rookie Quincy Acy to the D League today and that likely means Andrea is going to play, and play lots.

I'll reserve comment until our post-game analysis but suffice to say, I've got mixed reactions about this move at best.

But onto tonight's game, featuring a Golden State Warriors team that has suddenly forgotten how to play defence. I still think this is going to be a tough test for the DInos, but Toronto's struggling offence may be in luck tonight if the Dubs indeed can't get stops.

GO RAPS!!!