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Alexey Shved, Langston Galloway, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Andrea "El Primo (Pasta) Diablo" Bargnani.
Both answers are pretty disturbing.
Falling 103-98 to the ghastly Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 28 ranks highest on the "How did we let things get this bad?" moments since NBA All-Star Weekend.
For pride and dignities sake, I'd like to think Dwane Casey and his players have a little extra incentive to knock off New York later this afternoon.
Kyle Lowry, who sat out Friday night against the Chicago Bulls in a 108-92 beatdown that was about as fun as a trip to the dentist, could be back in the lineup. Toronto is just 1-3 on the season without its All-Star running the point.
He wasn't active when the Raptors last played the Knicks, so perhaps he'll be the difference this time around if he suits up.
A lot has been said recently about the Raptors possibly looking ahead to the playoffs and not playing out their remaining regular season games with as much urgency as they probably should.
"I think we're looking too far ahead," said Lowry following the loss to Chicago, per Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. "We're thinking too far ahead. I think we're worried about things that are two, three months away. We need to worry about the day-to-day stuff."
Only one game separates the Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards in the standings. The No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds are going to shuffle on a nightly basis over the final few weeks. It's important for Toronto to avoid leaving "easy" wins on the table and regretting them later.
The Raptors can't lose this game. They shouldn't lose this game.
So what's the good word? Will the Raptors right their wrongs and avenge their previous loss the Knicks?