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- The Golden State Warriors (26-17) shouldn’t be confused with “the road warriors,” after losing 11 of 17 games away from home this season. They’ve dropped two in a row on their Eastern Conference road trip, including a 109-102 loss on Saturday in Milwaukee. A third straight loss Monday night at Air Canada Centre would even their road record to 12-12. However, Warriors center Andrew Bogut who has been out since November 7th with an ankle injury will return to the starting line-up tonight.
- The Toronto Raptors (16-28) have had struggles of their own, only winning two of their last eight games, losing 99-98 to Cleveland on Saturday. Adding to their injury woes, with Andrea Bargnani (right elbow), Jonas Valanciunas (fractured right finger) and Linas Kleiza (right knee), point guard Kyle Lowry will not play tonight due to back spasms.
- Fortunately with the Raptors other big men out, Amir Johnson and Ed Davis have filled in admirably as starters in their absence. Johnson is averaging 14.6 points and 9.1 boards over the last 10 games and Davis is scoring a team-best 14.9 with 8.2 rebounds during this stretch.
- “We embrace having an All-Star and we believe we have two All-Stars.”
– Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson on the Stephen Curry All-Star snub.
– Duane Watson