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Raptors coach Nurse sizes up the NBA's Eastern Conference

By The Associated Press
Posted: Feb. 12, 2019 7:00 am Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 2:02 pm

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse says a handful of deals at the trade deadline could tip the NBA's balance of power to the already-tough Eastern Conference.

Toronto added Marc Gasol to counter moves sending Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee and Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. But because of the schedule, the Raptors won't face either team again until the playoffs which could mean adjusting on the fly.

"Hopefully, we're versatile enough . to play a lot of different lineups and put some of our guys in different positions," he told PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. "But that's been the goal all season."

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