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Raptors vs Cavs - GameDay Thread: Raps Look to Handle Kyrie-Less Cavs

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The Toronto Raptors face off against a Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, but the HQ cautions that a must-win game should not be confused with an "easy win."

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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

February 26, 2013

Sportsnet - 7:00 PM EST

So no Kyrie Irving tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

No problem right?

Well, that's likely what the Chicago Bulls said last night before losing 101 to 98 to the Cavs.

Dion Waiters had 25 points to lead the way for Cleveland, and he had lots of help with four other Cavs hitting double figures.

Therefore one thing the Toronto Raptors can not do tonight in Cleveland, is assume this one will be a cake walk...especially after Monday night's loss to the Washington Wizards, another NBA doormat this season.

The loss cost the Raps dearly in their quest for the eighth and final playoff seed in the East as the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics both took advantage, moving five and seven games ahead of the Raps respectively.

So this one needs to be a Raps W, especially with a tough match looming Friday against the Indiana Pacers, and the biggie, a match-up in Milwaukee vs the aforementioned Bucks the very next night.

Simply put, this is a must-win game tonight.

GO RAPS!!