Raptors Tipoff

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

MARQUEE MATCHUP

LeBron James vs. Hedo Turkoglu

If James isn't the best basketball player on the planet, he's the next best thing. He is averaging almost 30 points a night and should only get better with the addition of Antawn Jamison, who must now be accounted for by opposing defences. James, though, isn't just about scoring. He is rebounding and facilitating for his teammtes to the tune of seven boards and 8.5 assists a night. Turkoglu has been a much more engaged player since the all-star break. He's staying late after practice to work on his shot and Thursday spent time going over game film with assistant coach Marc Iavaroni. Turk is coming off a 24-point night against Portland and, while it wasn't a season high, it was his best overall game he has had in a Raptors uniform.

SCOUTING REPORT

The Cavs, who won in Boston on Thursday, have the best record in the NBA and showing no signs of letting up. With Shaquille O'Neal out of action because of the thumb injury he suffered Thursday, expect the Cavs to turn to Anderson Varejao. He leads the team with 7.8 rebounds a night and is a leading candidate for the NBA's sixth man of the year award ... The Cavaliers, defensively, continue to be one of the best in the league, ranking fourth in defensive field goal percentage at .439 and are tied for the third-fewest points allowed at 95.0 ppg.

DID YOU KNOW

Jamison, the newest Cavalier was originally drafted by the Raptors before he was dealt in a draft-day trade for Vince Carter ... Anthony Parker is one of three members of the Cavs in the top 10 in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage. Teammates Daniel (Boobie) Gibson is No. 2 in the league followed by Parker at 5th and point guard Mo Williams at 10th .... With eight more assists, O'Neal will pass Bob Lanier (3,007) for eighth on the NBA career list.


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