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Will Serge Ibaka be the difference maker in Toronto?

Will Serge Ibaka be the difference maker in Toronto?

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Kevin Love’s knee surgery will sideline him until April but his absence alone was not enough to question Cleveland’s path toward a third consecutive NBA Finals visit.

Toronto’s addition of Serge Ibaka could do that. If Ibaka is the physical, ferocious, floor-spreading fit he figures to be, the Raptors could emerge from their spiral that has wasted a Kyle Lowry-DeMar DeRozan backcourt. If star-chasing Boston or bench-needing Washington also react with a move by Thursday’s trade deadline, the Eastern Conference plot would thicken.

The Cavaliers might be temporarily vulnerable without Love,...

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