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- The Raptors, who have won three of their last four, will once again be without center Andrea Bargnani (calf) and guards Jerryd Bayless (oblique) and Jose Calderon (eye). Ben Uzoh will start at point guard in Calderon’s place with Aaron Gray at center.
- Pistons reserve center Ben Wallace will be active after missing their loss to the Timberwolves Thursday because of a death in his family.
- Wallace seems to be hedging on his decision to retire at the end of the season. There are no ceremonies planned for Thursday’s home finale. “Ben will probably take some time when the season is over and figure it out,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “The best thing to do is step away and let the emotions, both good and bad, settle down.”
- Frank plans to use Charlie Villanueva as the backup power forward with Jonas Jerebko sliding to small forward.
– Dana Gauruder