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NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs (14-40) at Toronto Raptors (25-30)

After a 4-3 road trip, the Toronto Raptors will open a five-game homestand Wednesday night against the floundering San Antonio Spurs.

The Raptors completed their trip with a 106-103 victory over the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Still without O.G. Anunoby because of a wrist injury, the Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit against the Grizzlies, who were without starters Ja Morant, Steven Adams and Dillon Brooks.

The Spurs have lost nine straight after losing to the Chicago Bulls 128-104 Monday night to begin a nine-game road trip.

Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 21 points.

The Spurs were without rookie Jeremy Sochan (sore lower back), who is doubtful for Wednesday’s game.

Sochan has played well this season and was selected for the Rising Stars game Feb. 17 during the All-Star Game weekend. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has compared him to Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili, a former Spurs stalwart.

Tre Jones (sore left foot) also did not play for the Spurs in Chicago. Jones and Johnson (ankle) are questionable.

With the trade deadline looming Thursday, the Spurs made a deal on Tuesday. They acquired 33-year-old center Dewayne Dedmon and a 2028 second-round draft pick from the Miami Heat for cash.

Dedmon played for the Spurs in 2016-17 but his future with the team this time is not certain. He could be traded or waived.

Meanwhile, Raptors coach Nick Nurse confirmed Tuesday that Anunoby will not play against the Spurs.

Anunoby suffered a sprained left wrist in the Raptors’ 129-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 27.

Nurse would like to see the Raptors play the relentless type of defense that they are capable of for a full game.

The Raptors defeated the Spurs 143-100 on Nov. 2 in San Antonio in the first game between the teams this season. Pascal Siakam had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in only 28 minutes.

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