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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Raptors' Amir Johnson expected to play tonight against Cavs


By on 2/25/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Toronto Raptors got a slight scare on Sunday night after their starting power forward exited the game with a suspected ankle injury. Amir Johnson was held out of practice on Monday, but head coach Dwane Casey isn't too concerned and expects Johnson to be ready for Tuesday night.

As reported on Sunday, Johnson turned his ankle while colliding with Victor Oladipo with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. He immediately went straight to the locker room and did not return.

But after being evaluated, both Johnson and Casey do not think it's something he can't handle, according to Ryan Wolstat on Twitter.

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Even with Johnson missing some recent playing time due to ankle issues, the Raptors have stayed healthy for the majority of the season. And with that, Toronto has been surprisingly good in what was expected to be a two-team race in the Atlantic Division (Brooklyn and New York). 

With only 26 games remaining on the schedule for the Raptors, Toronto (31-25) sits in first place in the Atlantic Division, four games up on the second place Nets (26-28). To draw comparisons between the two squads, the Nets combined player salaries is $33 million more than the Raptors. A sign that coach Casey is doing a much better job than originally anticipated. 

If Toronto can hang on, this will only be their second division title in team history. With the first coming back in 2007.

1 comments:

  1. Keep Amir off his ankle, it needs to heal proper.

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