Raptors rookie Bargnani sidelined with sore back

CHICAGO -- Rookie forward Andrea Bargnani was inactive for
Toronto's game at Chicago on Friday night because of a sore back
that has been bothering him the past few days.

The top pick in the draft, Bargnani is averaging 8.2 points and
2.7 rebounds. Coach Sam Mitchell said the back started bothering
him before Wednesday's 95-91 loss at Cleveland -- a game in which
Bargnani scored 14. The Raptors' next game is Sunday at home
against Portland.

"He played well, and he had it worked on [Thursday]," Mitchell
said. "He has continued to work on it. Hopefully, we'll bring him
back Sunday."