NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 19th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (7-15) at Toronto Raptors (8-17), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams which pulled off a blockbuster trade on Friday go head-to-head this afternoon, when the Toronto Raptors host the New Jersey Nets at the Air Canada Centre.
Toronto finally traded perennial All-Star Vince Carter, who had been long rumored to be on his way out, to the Nets in exchange for Alonzo Mourning, Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and two first round picks. None of the components of the trade will play today though, as Carter and Mourning are hurt while Eric and Aaron Williams are required to report until Monday by noon.
It is doubtful that Mourning will ever play for the Raptors, as he is expected to be redirected to the Miami Heat through a buyout or another trade. The blockbuster deal reportedly waived Mourning's physical so that it could be completed.
After the trade, the Raptors still had to play on Friday night and they ended up losing 89-86 to the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. Jalen Rose scored a game-high 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost eight of their last nine. Chris Bosh added 13 points. Rose is rumored to be the next Raptor to be on his way out of town.
Matt Bonner added 10 points for the Raptors, who fell to 2-13 on the road this season. Meanwhile, Toronto owns a 6-4 home mark. The Raptors are in the midst of a stretch of five home tilts in seven contests.
After the trade, the Nets were forced to play shorthanded in Friday's 89-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Richard Jefferson scored 26 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Nets, who have lost two straight. Brian Scalabrine posted a career-high 21 points along with nine rebounds.
Jason Kidd notched 17 points and eight assists for the Nets, who fell to 2-8 on the road. The Nets are in the midst of a three-game road trip which will finish up in Charlotte on Tuesday.
The Nets have won three straight in this series, including an 88-86 victory at the Meadowlands on December 6. New Jersey has won seven of nine and nine of the last 12 meetings, but has lost five of eight at Toronto.
12/19 10:06:08 ET