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Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

The Eastern Conference Finals shift back north of the border as the Wine and Gold look to advance to the NBA Finals when they square off against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Friday night. Tipoff from the Air Canada Centre is at 8:30 PM ET

Cleveland is an NBA-best 11-2 (.846) this postseason, which includes a 4-2 (.667) record on the road (2nd-best in the NBA).

The Cavs lead the series, 3-2, after a 116-78 victory in Game 5 of the ECF at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to make back-to-back NBA Finals appearances with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 94.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.9 points and 7.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 4.8 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 17 road games.
The Toronto Raptors need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Sunday. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 93.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 6.1 assists. Bismack Biyombo is grabbing 9.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 home games.

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Raptors starters: PG Kyle Lowry (17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 34.2 minutes), SG DeMar DeRozan (23.6 points, 36.4 minutes), SF DeMarre Carroll (7.0 points, 26.3 minutes), PF Luis Scola (4.0 points, 14.8 minutes), C Bismack Biyombo (6.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 32.3 minutes).

Cavaliers starters: PG Kyrie Irving (23.0 points, 3.6 assists, 34.1 minutes), SG J.R. Smith (11.0 points, 30.6 minutes), SF LeBron James (24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 35.6 minutes), PF Kevin Love (14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 28.3 minutes), C Tristan Thompson (5.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 28.4 minutes).

 

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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 8-0 straight up and 5-3 against the spread through the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs. The Cavaliers will try to extend their postseason unbeaten streak to nine games with a win over the Toronto Raptors in Cleveland this Tuesday night.

The Toronto Raptors head into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. 

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Schedule

Eastern Conference Finals schedule

  • Game 1: Tuesday, May 17: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 2: Thursday, May 19: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 3: Saturday, May 21: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 4: Monday, May 23: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m.  ET
  • Game 5: Wednesday, May 25: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m.  ET*
  • Game 6: Friday, May 27: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. ET *
  • Game 7: Sunday, May 29: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET*
    *if necessary

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The Raptors will be full of confidence after blowing by the Heat in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry was really struggling with his shot for the entire series, but came good in Game 7 to lead the team with 35 points, nine assists and four steals while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 28 points on 12 of 29 shooting as the Raptors beat the Heat by 116-89 on Monday. DeMarre Carroll is yet to really have a breakout game in these playoffs as he continues to deal with a tweaked ankle and bruised left wrist while Jonas Valanciunas remains without a timetable for his return, so that’s just going to put more pressure on the Raptors’ backcourt duo of Lowry and DeRozan to shoulder the majority of the scoring burden.

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The Cavaliers are completely healthy and fully rested after sweeping the Hawks in the Conference Semifinals over a week ago. LeBron James led from the front with averages of 24.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game for the series, Kyrie Irving averaged 21.3 points and 6.3 assists while Kevin Love averaged 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. As a team, the Cavs averaged an impressive 10.7 made 3-pointers during the regular season, but they ramped it up to a ridiculous 16.8 made 3-pointers per game during the playoffs thanks largely to JR Smith who is leading the team with an average of 3.9 makes per game.

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The Raptors enter this series as significant underdogs. NBA odds currently list the Cavaliers as -743 favourites to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals with the Raptors priced at +379 underdogs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened as 10.5-point favourites for Tuesday’s Game 1.

In ATS trends, the Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall

Head to head, the Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and the road team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.

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Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat

Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat

The Raptors are back in Toronto after dropping a disappointing 94-87 overtime loss in Miami, allowing the Heat to tie up the series at two games apiece. With the best of seven series essentially a best of three now, Toronto hopes to take advantage of home court in Game 5 at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.

The Heat and Raptors are one extra session away from tying the record for the most overtime games in a series.

The Miami Heat were able to level the series at 2-2 with a hard-fought 94-87 overtime win over the Raptors on Monday. Dwyane Wade led the charge with a game-high 30 points on 13 of 24 shooting while Joe Johnson and Goran Dragic added 15 points each as the Heat battled hard to come back from a late nine-point deficit to force overtime where they would dominate by 11-4. Hassan Whiteside was absent for the game so coach Spoelstra inserted Amar’e Stoudemire into the starting lineup but he played just 12 minutes as the Heat relied heavily on smaller lineups to spread the floor for Wade to attack the basket.

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The Toronto Raptors were playing without their leading big man in Jonas Valanciunas who has been key to their success in this series. Bismack Biyombo stepped into the starting role and had a double-double of 13 points with 13 rebounds, DeMarre Carroll also added 13 points while Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph chipped in with 14 points each, but the Raptors once again needed so much more from their All-Star backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan who disappointed mightily with combined figures of just 19 points on six of 28 shooting.

Key matchup:

DeMarre Carroll vs. Dwyane Wade.

It will fall to Carroll to try and slow Wade, who had 30 points in Miami’s Game 4 win and is averaging 27 points per game in the series. Of Miami’s 94 points in Game 4, Wade, Joe Johnson and Goran Dragic (15 each) accounted for 60 of them. Keeping Wade in check — a historically challenging task — will be crucial to the Raptors taking Game 5.

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Miami Heat At Toronto Raptors

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Miami Heat (52-37) at Toronto Raptors (60-29)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat collide in Game 1 at the Air Canada Center on Tuesday.

The Heat looked down and out after falling behind by 3-2 in the first series against the Hornets, but they regrouped in time and got the job done in a dominant 106-73 Game 7 win to book them a ticket into the second round. Dwyane Wade led from the front with averages of 19.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the series, Hassan Whiteside averaged 13.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game, while Goran Dragic averaged 14.1 points and 4.3 assists per game and had himself a game-high 25 points in Game 7 on Sunday. As a team, the Heat averaged 99.1 points per game while allowing just 90.3 points per game in the first round.

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The Raptors will also be entering this series fresh off a Game 7 victory, beating the Pacers by 89-84 in a thriller on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan shot just 31.9 percent from the field for the seriers, but he came good when it really mattered as he led the team with 30 points on Sunday, but the same can’t be said for Kyle Lowry who averaged 13.9 points and 7.6 assists per game but shot just 31.6 percent for the series. Jonas Valanciunas found himself in foul trouble in almost every game of the series, but he still managed to put up solid averages of 13.6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game and he’ll be required to do the same when he’s matched up with the Heat’s Whiteside.

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Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors

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The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors meet Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Nets are looking to avenge a 91-74 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 6, when they scored a season-low 74 points. Brook Lopez recorded game-highs with 24 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks, but 19 turnovers doomed the Nets, especially during a third quarter comeback bid.

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The Brooklyn Nets could use a nice win after losing five of their last six games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 95.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 103 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 19.6 points and 8.3 rebounds while Joe Johnson is averaging 11.4 points and 3.6 assists. Thaddeus Young is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Shane Larkin is dishing 3.6 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Nets are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost seven of their last 10 road games. Willie Reed is questionable.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.3 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.8 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing three assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last 10 home games.

Probable starters

Brooklyn: Donald Sloan, Wayne Ellington, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas

Key matchup:

Brook Lopez vs. Jonas Valanciunas. The Nets centre is about the team’s only redeeming quantity, averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots a night and should be a load for Valanciunas to handle; last time they met, Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

 

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Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets

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Toronto Raptors (21-15) at Brooklyn Nets (10-24)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Brooklyn Nets +5.5 — Over/Under: 198.5
The Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets square off Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.

In the first meeting against the Brooklyn Nets this season, the Toronto Raptors will try to reassert themselves after two heart-wrenching losses on a back-to-back.

The Toronto Raptors prepare for the second contest of a five-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday evening, the team has is left with more questions than answers. Fresh off back-to-back disappointing losses to the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors have looked like anything but the club that was seemingly hitting its stride as the calendar turned to 2016.

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The Toronto Raptors look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.3 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 97.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 6.5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.1 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last 10 road games. DeMarre Carroll is questionable with a knee injury.

The Brooklyn Nets need a big win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 97.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Brook Lopez is averaging 19.8 points and 8.6 rebounds while Thaddeus Young is averaging 16 points and 9.3 rebounds. Jarrett Jack is dishing 7.4 assists and Bojan Bogdanovic is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Nets are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Brooklyn Nets have lost seven straight home games. Joe Johnson is questionable with a quad injury.

The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Probable starters

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas.

Brooklyn: Shane Larkin, Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Johnson, Thaddeus Young, Brook Lopez.

Key matchup: Brook Lopez vs. Jonas Valanciunas.

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Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers

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Toronto may still be in for a far more difficult rematch than its season-opening win over Indiana, though it would have been much more obvious about two weeks ago.

The Toronto Raptors hope to build on their current four-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 96.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.4 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.6 points and 6.3 assists. DeMarre Carroll is dishing 1.3 assists and Luis Scola is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four straight road games.

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The Indiana Pacers look for a nice victory after splitting their last eight games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 103.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Paul George is averaging 27 points and eight rebounds while C.J. Miles is averaging 15.4 points and 1.3 assists. George Hill is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Monta Ellis is dishing 4.8 assists. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Pacers are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 16.7 turnovers per game. The Indiana Pacers have won five of their last six home games.

The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Pacers are 12-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Raptors are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Indiana and 38-18 ATS in the last 56 meetings overall.

The Pacers have been struggling with four losses in their last five games following a 12-2 stretch and look to start turning things around Monday night against the streaking Raptors in the opener of their three-game homestand.

Indiana’s 106-99 loss at Toronto on Oct. 28 kicked off an 0-3 start to the season before Paul George heated up and sparked a tear that put the Pacers one-half game behind first-place Cleveland in the Central Division.

The last time these two teams met it was the opening game of the season for both. By night’s end the result of the game would spearhead each teams’ start to the season with the Toronto Raptors going on a 5-0 start while the Pacers lost 3 in a row

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Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Lakers

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The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers play Friday night at the Staples Center.

The Toronto Raptors could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 101.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 98.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 21.1 points and 4.5 assists while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.8 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.1 percent from deep and are getting 75.7 points from their starting unit. However, the Raptors have lost all three games this season when failing to score 100 or more points. Ten of the Raptors last 14 regular season losses have come on the road.

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The Los Angeles Lakers need to start winning if they’re going to a turnaround a 2-9 start. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 99.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.7 points and two assists while Louis Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 2.8 assists. Julius Randle is grabbing 8.1 rebounds and D’Angelo Russell is dishing 2.7 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers are getting 38.8 points from their bench but are shooting just 32.5 percent from deep. The Lakers pretty much look like the same mess they were a season ago. Nine of the Lakers last 13 wins have come on their home court. Kobe Bryant is questionable with a back injury.

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LAKERS: D’Angelo Russell, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert

RAPTORS: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas

KEY MATCHUP

DeRozan vs. Bryant

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan grew up in Los Angeles idolizing Kobe Bryant, who’s now in his 20th season with the Lakers. Bryant isn’t the Bryant of old, but he’s sure to have a big game or two left in his body and he’s always been good against the Raptors.

 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The 2-9 Lakers have been idle since losing to Phoenix on Monday night and are just 1-3 at home
  • Ex-Raptor Lou Williams is 5-for-15 from three-point range in his last five games, when he’s averaged about nine field-goal attempts in close to 25 minutes on average
  • In eight games, Bryant is shooting 23 per cent from three-point range and 34 per cent overall from the field
  • Big trip for Raptors rookie Norman Powell, honourary captain for his UCLA alma mater at a home game against Pepperdine on Thursday
  • Kyle Lowry has made 30 straight free throws.

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Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

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The road trip continues tonight as the Raptors (5-0) take on the Magic (1-4) at Amway Center in Orlando. Toronto is coming off impressive back-to-back wins out West over the Mavs and Thunder to enter tonight’s contest as one of two undefeated teams left in the league, alongside the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Orlando’s record is deceiving, having played some good basketball and lost two games in overtime to top-ranked teams in the Rockets and Thunder.

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Despite moving to 5-0 for the first time with Wednesday’s 103-98 win at Oklahoma City, Casey is trying to keep Toronto even keel after back-to-back Atlantic Division titles led to first-round playoff defeats.

The Raptors will try to continue their success at both ends, averaging an Eastern Conference-best 106.0 points while allowing 95.6. They’ve also held their last three opponents to a combined 25.9 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.

Toronto will certainly have to keep an eye on Evan Fournier in this meeting. A night after putting up a career-high 30 points in a 103-94 win at New Orleans, he had 29 and helped limit James Harden to 6-of-22 shooting in Wednesday’s 119-114 overtime loss at Houston.

Fournier, who averaged a career-high 12.0 points last season, is scoring a team-high 20.6. He’s made 55.4 percent from the field and 9 of 21 from 3-point range in his last three. Fournier has played well in his past five games against the Raptors, averaging 17.8 points.

Probable starters

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola, Jonas Valanciunas.

Orlando: Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Evan Fournier, Dewayne Dedmon.

Key matchup:Evan Fournier vs. Kyle Lowry/Cory Joseph.

Need to know:

  • The Raptors are off to their best start to a season but still have a ways to go to equal their biggest winning streak. They ran off nine straight in 2001-02
  • Nikola Vucevicwon’t play on Friday night. The team’s centre is out with a bone bruise on his right knee. Dewane Dedmon is expected to start in his place
  • Orlando is 1-4 but has fallen in a pair of very tight games this season. The Magic went to double OT with Oklahoma City on Oct. 30 and took the Rockets to overtime on Wednesday. They are losing their games by an average of 3.5 points
  • Mississauga’sAndrew Nicholson, now in his fourth year as a pro with the Magic, has seen action in one game this season.

 

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