Where to Watch: 7:30 on TSN 2 and 4
Fresh off snapping a five-game losing streak on Monday, the Raptors will look for their second consecutive win tonight at home. But it won't be easy, as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers come to town as arguably the best team in the league right now.
Since LeBron's return from a two week layoff in January, the Cavaliers have gone 19-5 and made a run towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The Raptors, despite their recent poor play, are still holding onto the second seed in the East, but it feels like only a matter of time before they fall back a few spots.
The Bulls are just half a game back, and the Cavs are one game back of Toronto, which means a victory tonight would be huge for the Raptors. The Cavaliers have won two of three meetings this season between the two teams. The last time Toronto played at the Air Canada Centre, they shot 1-for-19 in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors and fell behind by 41 points en route to a blowout loss. Here's hoping we won't see a duplicate of that tonight.
Kyle Lowry has sat out the past two games due to rest, but we will update prior to game time when his status is definitive for this game.
A win over the 76ers on Monday snapped a losing streak, and DeMar DeRozan came up with his best effort of the season, but a win against Cleveland would allow the fans to breath a sigh of relief and have something to tide them over in what has been a frustrating couple weeks since Toronto opened the post All-Star break schedule with an impressive road victory over Atlanta.
Update on Lowry's status:
Raptors without Lowry tonight, he is just physically in need of rest. When DeRozan was out he put team on his back.— Austin Carr (@MrCavalier34) March 4, 2015