The Raptors have not won two games in a row since Jan. 25 in Utah.

Coincidentally, that's the last time Andrea Bargnani was in the lineup.

The Raptors beat Houston on Wednesday and might get Bargnani back for Saturday's tilt against Detroit.

Or maybe not. Head coach Dwane Casey was noncommittal whether the big man would return on Saturday, Sunday at home against Milwaukee, or "it might even be Tuesday of next week (in Cleveland)," Casey said.

"I'm not going to put a day on it. He did everything (in practice for the second day in a row on Friday), so we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

With an absurd five back-to-back sets coming in the next two weeks, the team will be ultra-cautious with its leading scorer.

"We want to protect one of our most valuable assets which is Andrea. Make sure we protect him with his minutes and don't over-do the minutes situation."

Casey reiterated that Bargnani's return would only improve the club and not throw the red-hot DeMar DeRozan out of rhythm.

"We're not going to stop calling DeMar's number," he said.

"I only see it as a plus with another offensive guy and not only that, one of our long shot blockers, one of our best (defensive) pick and roll guys coming back."