NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 22nd (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (21-32) at New Jersey Nets (23-30), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - All-Star forward Vince Carter will face his former team for the first time since being dealt in mid-December tonight, when he leads the surging New Jersey Nets against the Toronto Raptors at Continental Airlines Arena.
Carter was sent from Toronto to New Jersey on December 17 in exchange for center Alonzo Mourning, center-forward Aaron Williams, forward Eric Williams and two first-round draft picks. Mourning has since been bought out of his contract, while neither Aaron nor Eric Williams has made much impact on the Raptors. Meanwhile, Carter has sparked a resurgence for the Nets, registering 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per contest.
Their could be some hard feelings between Carter and his ex-teammates this evening, as Carter implied that he didn't put his full effort into every game while with the Raptors.
New Jersey has won 11 of its last 17 games, including a 96-85 victory over Sacramento just before the All-Star break last Wednesday. Jason Kidd posted his fifth triple-double of the season with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Nets to the win.
Kidd has three triple-doubles in his last six games for the Nets, who won for the second time in three contests. Vince Carter led the Nets with 21 points, while Nenad Kristic posted a career-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds.
The Nets hit 42.9 percent from the field, including 8-of-16 (.500) from three-point range. New Jersey drained 16-of-17 (.941) from the free throw line, while outrebounding the Kings, 48-37.
Clifford Robinson made his debut with the Nets and posted nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes. The veteran forward was acquired from Golden State last Monday in exchange for a pair of second round draft picks.
New Jersey, which is finishing up a two-game homestand tonight, is 14-11 in its friendly confines this season. The Nets have won seven of nine and eight of their last 11 home games.
With the trade deadline just two days away, the Raptors could be playing their final game in their current form tonight. Toronto forwards Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose have been in a lot of trade rumors this season and could possibly be deal prior to Thursday's deadline. The Raptors have reportedly been forcing any team that wants Marshall to take the much more expensive Rose in any exchange.
The Raptors have lost five of six and eight of their last 11 games, including a 121-115 loss to the Chicago Bulls at Air Canada Centre last Wednesday. Chris Bosh led the way for Toronto with 28 points and Rose netted 25 in the losing effort.
The Raptors have lost six of their last seven home games. Rafer Alston ended with 21 points and Marshall tallied 17 points off the bench in the loss.
Toronto shot 51 percent from the floor and went 28-of-32 from the free throw line in the defeat.
Toronto, which has lost three of four and 14 of its last 16 road games, is 4-21 in foreign buildings. The Raptors have their next two and six of their next seven contests on the road.
These teams have split a pair of meetings this season with the home team winning both games. New Jersey has won seven of 10 and nine of the last 13 meetings.Toronto has lost two straight and eight of its last nine at New Jersey.
02/22 10:16:39 ET