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After a tough loss at the buzzer to the Boston Celtics, and a loss to the Nets on the previous night, the Raptors look to right the ship as they continue their march to the playoffs against the Hornets. As much as Toronto would like to turn things around, a desperate Hornets team awaits them. Charlotte is currently two games out of the 8th seed, and will look to build on their previous successes against this Raptors squad.
The bad news for the Raptors is that Kyle Lowry is still out due to his back spasms. Although the Raptors have been sputtering without him, the team is doing the right thing by prioritizing his health for the playoffs instead of trying to rack up a few more regular season wins. Good news for the Raptors is that Al Jefferson who dropped 23 on the Raptors back in March may also be sitting out, as he did last night against the Heat due to a sore right knee.
As much as the Raptors are prioritizing health (Amir Johnson will also be out), Toronto needs to string together some semblance of consistency as they approach the playoffs. DeMar has shown that he can score against this team, and a win against a squad that is fighting for their playoff lives would be a good start.
On the defensive end, the Raptors should be weary of Mo Williams, who since being traded to Charlotte has been putting up impressive numbers both in raw stats and efficiency. With Vasquez and Williams getting a lot of the backcourt minutes, don't be surprised if guys like Kemba Walker, Mo Williams, and Gerald Henderson post impressive outings.
That said, DeMar should be the best perimeter player out there, and Jonas should be able to convincingly outplay Bismack Biyombo. Despite their inconsistent play as of late, a Raptors loss would be disappointing.
Enjoy the game, and lets go Raptors!