COACHING CHANGES EXPANDED MATCHUPS DEPTH CHARTS CURRENT ODDS
NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 27th (All times Eastern)
Toronto Raptors (23-34) at Cleveland Cavaliers (19-38), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Following a successful road trip, the Cleveland Cavaliers will return to Quicken Loans Arena for a five-game homestand, starting with Wednesday's bout versus the Toronto Raptors.
The Cavs went 2-1 against Orlando, Miami and Chicago, and recently posted a 101-98 victory on Tuesday versus the Bulls. Dion Waiters scored 25 points and made up for the loss of All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who did not play due to hyperextended right knee. He will miss Wednesday's game and leads the Cavs with 23.3 ppg.
Shaun Livingston added 15 points for the Cavaliers, who snapped an 11-game skid against Chicago and won for the third time in four tries.
"It was a good win. Some guys came in and did some good things with Kyrie out of the game," Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. "We knew it was going to be tough."
Scott's club recently went 4-3 on a seven-game homestand from Feb. 2-20 and is 10-16 at the Q this season. Cleveland will also host the Clippers, Knicks, Jazz and Grizzlies on the stand.
Cavs guard Daniel Gibson has missed eight straight games for personal reasons and rejoined the team. He is listed as active versus Toronto.
Toronto will play five of its next six games on the road and is just 8-19 away from home this season.
The Raptors had won six of seven games until dropping a 90-84 decision to the Washington Wizards Monday in the finale of a three-game homestand (1-2). DeMar DeRozan netted 25 points and Rudy Gay was just 1-of-11 from the floor for seven points in defeat.
"It was a stinker. They whipped us. They outworked us. We tried to turn it on, but they got us," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.
Gay is still averaging 20.1 points in 11 games with his new team. He came over from Memphis in a three-team deal before the trade deadline. Guard Sebastian Telfair, who was acquired by the Raptors last week from Phoenix, could make his debut Wednesday, but is questionable because of flu-like symptoms.
Toronto has won a season-high three in a row as the visitor. The last time Toronto won four in a row on the road was March 22-April 5, 2002.
Defense has been the key for the Raptors this month as they are holding opponents to 92.6 ppg. They are 7-4 in February.
DeRozan has enjoyed this month as evidenced by his 18.5 ppg.
Toronto and Cleveland have split a pair of meetings this season with each team winning on the road and will square off again March 10 in Canada. The Raptors have won four in a row at Cleveland, but are only 6-13 in the past 19 games there.
02/27 14:43:50 ET