Thursday , Mar , 29 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Raptors Will Overcome Garbajosa’s injury

Raptors Will Overcome Garbajosa's injury

The Toronto Raptors proved something with their recent win over the Miami Heat. The Raptors proved they could overcome the loss of Jorge Garbajosa, their blue-collar forward who sustained a serious ankle injury on Monday night in a game against the Celtics.

This isn’t meant to minimize Garbajosa’s contributions. He’s a terrific glue player. He rebounds. He sets solid screens. He knocks down enough shots to keep opposing defenses honest. And he defends.

With his rugged style, the Spanish forward has helped to kill the perception that European players are soft. That’s another reason why Garbajosa’s season ending injury was so disappointing.

Toronto will be fine. They’ve already played through injuries to Chris Bosh, T.J. Ford, Andrea Bargnani, and Anthony Parker. No player complained or asked for sympathy. Not once. They simply adjusted.

With Garbajosa out for an extended period, the Raptors will once again adjust. Here’s what they’ll likely do:

  • Anthony Parker will shift to the small forward spot.

  • Juan Dixon will get additional minutes in the backcourt.

  • Morris Peterson and Joey Graham will see time at the forward spots.

  • Kris Humphries, a tough inside player, will get a chance at regular minutes.

 Bryan Colangelo, the T-Dot’s new GM, deserves credit for building such a deep roster. Coach Sam Mitchell should be recognized for keeping his team focused.

Since January 1st, Toronto has the Eastern Conference’s best record. And their winning ways won’t be stopped by an injury to a key player.