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The Raptors have failed to cover the spread in six of their last eight when playing the first game of a back-to-back, and their next matchup with the Celtics is more important considering the divisional implications.

Toronto is infamous for shrinking in the postseason.

The Raptors are just 3-5 since winning 11 straight from February 26-March 16.

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A one-handed slam dunk by Serge Ibaka with 5:14 left in the game brought the sell-out crowd of 19,963 at Air Canada Centre to its feet and made it 85-70.

"We told him to get ready for the playoffs and that we'll take care of everything else".

"What is working in Dwane Casey's favour is the fact that you have had a complete, stylistic change on both ends of the floor that he had to get buy-in from stars that had experienced a high level of success playing another way and the fact that they have been for the vast majority the best team in the East, most consistently", she said.

"I played bad", Lowry said, denying that his trip to Texas on Monday had affected his performance. We've got a locker room full of fighters. It only has one setting, which allows the user to go back to March 16.

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There's intrigue, and the Celtics aren't giving up, but this weakened team is a facsimile of what they could be one day soon. That possibility, for all intents and purposes, went out the window the second Gordon Hayward went down in the season opener.

The Cavaliers still aren't at full strength. Terry Rozier, who was rested due to ankle concerns against the Bucks, returned to the starting line up, although his contribution was insignificant.

The injury-ravaged Celtics, thin on healthy point guards, turned the ball over nine times in the second quarter and 17 times overall.

They have a huge comeback to get the number one seed over the Cavaliers previous year, and the Celtics have been playing better, despite so many Injuries, than the Raptors right now.

Lowry - who, after an unignorably mediocre first-half performance, was flirting with an uncomfortable narrative considering his Monday night trip to San Antonio to watch Villanova triumph in the NCAA Tournament - put a charge in his team early in the third. I can look at their face and tell that they're just thinking, they're just trying to think of what to do. "I'm still a professional", said Lowry, who is 6 of 24 in his past two games. DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas each scored seven points, but as a whole the team shot just 43-percent.

Of course, the last time these two teams played it was a shootout of epic proportions. The former Cavaliers guard is scoring just shy of 25 points per game.

Victor of the first road game would be anyone's guess. No one had done that since the National Basketball Association started keeping track of turnovers in 1977-78. My plan is to play one game at a time and see how I feel after that game. "If I come into your building for Game 1, it'll be very challenging".

There's still no definite return date for Lue.

During this stretch, Love, Nance, Hood, Hill, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson and Cedi Osman have all missed games. It belonged to a man who was close to 70 years old and had been working out in the fields of his native North Carolina, his back stooped, his neck burned from the sun. "I've been cuttin' tobacco and I'm pretty exhausted", Enos "Country" Slaughter said.


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