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             === Raptors face uphill battle with Spurs in town ===
 ( - The new-look Toronto Raptors won't have their new faces
 in the lineup Tuesday night when they welcome the San Antonio Spurs to the Air
 Canada Centre.
 The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings
 on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson
 and Chuck Hayes.
 "I honestly want to think Rudy, Quincy and Aaron for their time here," said
 Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri. "I think those guys are super
 professional. It sounds cliche, but Rudy was a great person to work with.
 Phenomenal, talented player, but it just wasn't working."
 Gay was averaging 19.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg, but shooting only 39 percent from the
 field. Money was certainly a factor in the deal as well since Gay has a player
 option next season for over $19 million.
 The Raptors may not be done making moves as Kyle Lowry's name has been
 featured in trade reports. He becomes slightly more expendable now with
 Vasquez in town.
 "I never want to say there's nobody," said Ujiri. "I don't want to call out
 names. If somebody offers us Michael Jordan, am I going to say no? You never
 know what's going to come your way."
 The Raptors return home after a 1-2 trip out west. The lone victory came
 Sunday night when Toronto, which didn't have the three newest Kings in
 uniform, spoiled Kobe Bryant's season debut. The Raptors beat the Lakers,
 Amir Johnson was dominant with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan
 scored 26 and Lowry finished with 23. Terrence Ross, who should see an
 increased role at small forward, managed 11 off the bench.
 The Spurs set out on a two-game trip as they will visit Milwaukee on
 Wednesday. Center Tiago Splitter didn't make the trip due to a left calf
 Last time out for San Antonio, the Indiana Pacers came to Alamo City Saturday
 night and left with a 111-100 victory.
 The Spurs built an eight-point lead after the first quarter, but the Pacers
 dominated the middle two frames to the tune of a 67-30 scoring disparity.
 "In the second quarter, they started making some shots and we weren't able to
 keep up. We went cold, they got that lead, and we couldn't recover," Spurs
 forward Tim Duncan said.
 Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 18 points, followed by 16 from Manu
 Ginobili. Tony Parker chipped in 13, Duncan and Patty Mills both scored 10
 The Spurs have won five straight against the Raptors and three in a row in
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