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Raptors vs. Nets: The Pursuit of Perfection

The Raptors are in Brooklyn, looking to stay perfect against the Atlantic Division.

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The Atlantic Division is no longer a laughing stock. With an improved Celtics team, some star names on the Knicks, and a Raptors team that long ago shed "fluke" status, we can no longer look at the Atlantic and dismiss it. With that in mind, it's pretty damn cool that the Raptors are undefeated in their division -- eight wins, no losses -- headed into tonight's tilt in Brooklyn.

Of course, pointing this out will probably be some sort of jinx. Brooklyn played the Raps hard four days ago, but were ultimately unable to stymie a late offensive explosion from Toronto, losing 132-113. Stephen Campbell has more info on how that game went down in this morning's game preview, but ultimately, this is a game the Raptors should win in a soft portion of their schedule.

On the injury front, word is still out as of "press time" on Patrick Patterson, who has missed the last two games with knee soreness. Irregardless of their power forward, the Atlantic fun continues with Philadelphia tomorrow night, so look for a Raptors team turnt to extend their three-game win streak. I don't have more analysis than that. It's the middle of January and it's the Brooklyn Nets. Just win, baby.

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