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Game Thread: Raptors vs. Cavaliers updates, TV info, and more

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Nine straight wins? The Raptors continue to work through a soft part of their schedule as they visit the Cavs.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

On the backs of a win over the Hawks and a Miami Heat loss on the same night, the Toronto Raptors are now sole owners of the Eastern Conference’s second seed.

It is truly wild to consider a scenario where they build their lead on the field before the All-Star break, continuing to prove many people wrong about where they’d be after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. But, here we are — the Raptors playing the Cavaliers tonight looking for their ninth straight win, facing a team that is just one win above Atlanta for the worst record in the conference.

The Cavs have started to figure a few things out with their young players lately, as Collin Sexton and Kevin Porter Jr. are starting to show a taste of what a young Cleveland roster can accomplish — with the latter scoring 21 points including five threes in a loss to New Orleans on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, the now-quiet malcontent Kevin Love and possible trade subject Tristan Thompson still hang over this team, in what promises to be an interesting trade deadline. Many, many NBA general managers have their eyes on Ohio, you can be sure of that.

On the Raptors side, they will be without Marc Gasol, who appeared to tweak a previous hamstring injury against the Hawks. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also miss his second game with an ankle injury, as a couple rotation pieces will be in suits for Toronto.

Now, let’s get to the game details and the comments.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet One, 7 PM ET

Lineups

Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

Cleveland — Collin Sexton, Dante Exum, Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson

Injuries

Toronto — Patrick McCaw (questionable - nose), Marc Gasol (out - hamstring), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (out - ankle), Dewan Hernandez (out - ankle)

Cleveland — Brandon Knight (out - knee), Dylan Windler (out - tibia), Ante Zizic (out - illness)