Tuesday , Feb , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 22

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – February 22 ===

(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.

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.

Toronto won’t play again until Friday, when it plays against the Milwaukee
Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Raptors will finish up their week’s slate
against the Los Angeles Lakers at home on Sunday afternoon.

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