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  • The Toronto Raptors (24-39) return to the Air Canada Centre after a disappointing four-game road trip, looking to split the season series in the fourth and final meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-41). After taking the first matchup in December, Toronto has dropped consecutive games to Cleveland for the first time since LeBron James departed in 2010.
  • Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani will miss Sunday’s game after straining his right elbow in the first quarter of Friday’s loss. Bargnani, who missed 26 games earlier this season with a torn ligament in the same elbow, is scheduled to undergo tests on Monday. Amir Johnson will start in his place. Forward Rudy Gay will continue to play through back pain but coach Dwane Casey indicated there’s a possibility he could be shut down later in the season if the injury persists.
  • After closing the month of February with four wins in five games, Cleveland has lost three of their first four contests in March. Last time the Cavaliers were in Toronto, a 99-98 victory on Jan. 26, guard Kyrie Irving poured in 32 points and hit the game-winning three-point shot with less than a second remaining. Irving was sidelined with a knee injury when Cleveland hosted and defeated the Raptors 103-92 last month. “He is going to be one of the premier guards in our league pretty soon, if not already,” Casey said of Irving prior to Sunday’s contest.
  • The Raptors, who have lost six of their last seven, coughed up an 11-point fourth quarter lead in their 118-116 overtime loss to the Lakers Friday, falling to 1-3 on the road swing. Guard DeMar DeRozan, the team’s most consistent scorer on the trip, led Toronto with 28 points on an efficient 12-for-18 shooting in that game. DeRozan, who is averaging 21.7 points against the Cavaliers this season, recorded 21 of his 32 points in the second half of the most recent meeting with Cleveland.

– Josh Lewenberg

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