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- These two teams met on Wednesday when The Toronto Raptors pulled out a 99-90 victory over the Boston Celtics, snapping an 11-game losing streak in Boston.
- Celtics forward Jeff Green injured his neck during that game, but has fully recovered and will play on Friday. “He’s much better today and you could just tell he had a different pep in his step today,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “He was hurt Wednesday and he tried to play through it. He’s played in every game this season and I think that’s important to him, but he wasn’t right. It’s good that he feels better.”
- With a win, or a Knicks loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors could clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2008.
- Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has scored 20 or more points in eight consecutive games and 10 of his last 11. During that stretch, he is averaging team highs of 22.5 points and 7.7 assists per game, while shooting 44 per cent from the floor and 42 per cent from three. Lowry is the first Raptor to score 20 or more for eight consecutive games since Chris Bosh did it in the 2009-2010 season.
- Jared Sullinger has lit the Raptors up this season. In two games against Toronto, Sullinger is averaging 25 points, 14 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a block per game.
- Raptors forward Patrick Patterson will miss his 13th straight game with a right elbow sprain.
- Celtics forwards Gerald Green (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee) are out for the season.
– Scott Campsall