NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 20th (All times eastern)
Cleveland Cavaliers (34-29) at Toronto Raptors (27-38), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers, who are battling for positioning in the Eastern Conference, try to halt a two-game slide today when they visit the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Cleveland, which currently sits fifth in the East, has lost eight of its last 11 games overall.
On Friday the Cavs dropped a 93-81 contest to visiting Philadelphia. Allen Iverson, playing with a chip fracture in his left thumb, scored 31 points with nine rebounds and five assists to pace the Sixers.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland, which has lost 12 of its last 20 games overall. LeBron James had 16 points, but was a miserable 3-of-20 from the field.
The Cavs are 1 1/2 games behind Washington for fourth place in the conference, and 1 1/2 up on No. 6 Chicago.
Cleveland will host Detroit on Tuesday.
Toronto, meanwhile, has also lost two straight. On Friday the Raptors dropped a 103-92 decision at the Pistons. Detroit set the tone by dominating the inside, outrebounding Toronto by a 55-40 margin.
Donyell Marshall racked up 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who fell to 7-26 on the road this season. Jalen Rose netted 24 points and Rafer Alston had 16 along with eight rebounds as Toronto lost for the fourth time in six games.
The Raptors were without forward Chris Bosh, who missed his first game of the year with a lower back injury suffered in Wednesday's defeat to Boston. Bosh is probable for today's matchup.
Toronto, which sits 13th in the Eastern Conference, will host Chicago on Wednesday.
Cleveland is 2-0 against Toronto this season, but both meetings were in Ohio. The teams have split the last eight clashes overall.
03/20 10:15:15 ET