From NBA.com: After a tough five-game road trip, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey said it’s only natural for his players to be looking forward to some time off over the All-Star break.
That doesn’t mean he’ll accept anything less than their best effort until then.
Atlantic Division-leading Toronto plays the first of two home games before the break Monday night while seeking a fifth straight victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Raptors (26-24) finished their trip 2-3 after falling 118-105 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. DeMar DeRozan, who averaged 26.4 points on the trip and will play in the All-Star game, scored 36 and added eight assists. Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points.
Casey refused to blame fatigue for Toronto’s apparent lack of aggressiveness and inability to be physical in the paint.
Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Amir Johnson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)
Raptors: Landry Fields – Right wrist surgery (out),
Pelicans: Ryan Anderson – Herniated Disc (out), Jrue Holiday – Right tibia, stress fracture (out), Jason Smith – Right knee cartilage (out), Tyreke Evans – Right ribs (day-to-day)
By The Numbers: Raptors @ Pelicans
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Last Time They Met: Hornets 89, Raptors 102 – Feb. 10, 2013