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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Playing a road game against a division rival raises the intensity for linebacker Clay Matthews.Theyre fun games to play, and I think more so just talking from the fan aspect of it a€” the fans hate you, Matthews said Friday. Thats something to thrive on when you play on the road.After missing Green Bays two games against the Chicago Bears last season, the Packers defensive standout anticipates playing Sunday when the NFLs oldest rivals meet for the first time this season.Matthews, who has a groin injury, is probable for the game against the Bears.Provided theres no setbacks, I expect myself to be out there on Sunday, Matthews said.Matthews has practiced on a limited basis this week after suffering the injury in the second half of the Packers 19-7 loss at Detroit last Sunday. Matthews didnt finish the game.The Packers didnt practice Friday. But coach Mike McCarthy had encouraging news after the teams medical staff evaluated Matthews on Friday morning.So far, so good, McCarthy said. The medical review, the report today was good on Clay. We still have 48 hours (before the game), so were confident that hell be ready to go. But hes still working through it.Matthews reported to be feeling good and noted how his recovery from his first groin injury improved throughout the week.Yesterday was a big step in the right direction from Wednesday, Matthews said of his involvement in practice those two days, and today Im sure would have been.McCarthy implemented a new schedule this season with the Packers off the field on Friday before a Sunday game, but having a light practice on Saturday.I think its good for me, Matthews said. And then tomorrow well fly around, break a sweat and feel good going into Sunday. I dont anticipate there being any problems.Having Matthews ready for Sunday should be a plus for Green Bay, which is looking to avoid starting the season 1-3 for the first time since 2006, when it finished 8-8 in McCarthys first year at the helm.Matthews has hurt the Bears as a pass rusher in his career. He has eight sacks in nine games against Chicago since his rookie season in 2009, including the Packers NFC championship victory at Soldier Field in the 2010 season.In the rivals two games in 2012, Matthews had 5 1/2 sacks against Bears quarterback Jay Cutler as Green Bay swept the season series.A broken thumb kept Matthews from playing both games against the Bears the second half of last season.Matthews said he was at home watching Green Bay end the regular season with a dramatic 33-28 comeback win at Chicago on a final-minute, fourth down touchdown pass by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers clinched a third straight NFC North title and took a playoff spot from the Bears.Itll be good to get out there again, kind of put my foot back into that whole Packers-Bears rivalry and just make an impact, really, Matthews said.And Matthews expects to be able to play without limitations Sunday against a versatile Bears offence he ranks as Chicagos best in his six years as a pro.I think weve talked about this with my injuries in the past that I wouldnt be out there if I wasnt full go with the caveat that well be smart, Matthews said. Well monitor the reps, especially going into a Thursday night game (against Minnesota) the following week.But well see how it goes, well see how it plays out, well see what theyre coming out with in their personnel, their scheme and where were at in the game.NOTES: Also probable for the Packers are RT Bryan Bulaga (knee), CB Davon House (knee) and LB Nick Perry (wrist). WR Jarrett Boykin and LB Brad Jones (quadriceps) are questionable. 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"Every win is great for us right now for what were trying to do, especially with Kyle out and Amir (Johnson) out," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "Hopefully it gives our guys some confidence. . . guys who stepped in, to go where we need to go." Johnson missed all but the first three minutes with an ankle injury. DeRozan poured in 29 points, and was key in the fourth quarter, doling out a couple of assists and uncharacteristically taking a charge. "Those are the winning plays that hes learning to make and hes making now, other than just scoring," Casey said. "Hes doing a great job of scoring but theres so many other things when he plays those kinds of minutes, especially now with Kyle out, hes got to do a lot more." When he somehow cut his finger with just over three minutes to go, he continued to play despite the blood that was smeared across his shorts. "I kind of split the middle of my hand, the webbing of my hand, I didnt even notice," said DeRozan, who estimated he had four or five stitches. "I looked down and my whole hand was soaked." Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez added 15 points apiece, and Terrence Ross finished with 14 for the Raptors (43-32). James Harden scored 26 points to top the Rockets (49-25), who were missing Dwight Howard (ankle) for the third consecutive game. Chandler Parsons added 20. Lowry missed the game after a hard knee-on-knee collision with LeBron James in the Raptors 93-83 loss to Miami two nights earlier. His X-rays were negative, so there was no structural damage. Johnson played the first three minutes but headed to the locker-room with a sore right ankle. But despite the absence of not only two of the teams top contributors but arguably its two hardest workers, the Raptors werent going to let this game slip away. With seven games to go, every game is meaningful as the Raptors fight for a favourable opponent in the post-season and homecourt advantage. Vasquez, who started at point guard, said its no surprise that DeRozan and the Raptors stepped up so well in Lowrys absence. "Its not hidden that (DeRozan and Lowry) are our leaders. We go as they go. And everybody else understands that," said Vasquez. "This is why we have a healthy locker-room, were not fighting egos, we know whats going on. Those two guys are going to score, those two guys are going to make winning plays. And whenever one of those guys goes down, weve got their back. Thats what this team is all about. "This is not a fluke. We earn wins, and we earned a win tonight." Houston, which has now dropped seven straight decisions in Toronto, was coming off a 105-96 loss the previous night at Brooklyn, and arrrived in Toronto at 3 a.ddddddddddddm. Wednesday. The Raptors led by as much as 20 points in the third against the fourth-place team in the mighty Western Conference. But they allowed the Rockets to pull within 90-80 heading into the fourth and it was during a stretch in the final 12 minutes that the Raptors really felt the absence of Lowry and Johnson. The Rockets pulled within two points with 8:45 to play but that was as close as the visitors would get, and when a wide-open Ross drained a three-pointer with four minutes to play it brought the crowd to its feet and gave Toronto a six-point lead. There were some tense moments as Houston showed some life late. Jeremy Lin drained a three-pointer to cut Torontos lead to three points with nine seconds left, but a free throw by Vasquez sealed the Raptors victory. "We are a team that is desperate for a win right now," Lin said. "Weve dropped three in a row, definitely not a good feeling. We just have to regroup. The one thing I will say is that Im proud of how hard we played but we didnt play great in terms of execution, in terms of coverage and a lot of those little things." As for Lowrys knee injury, Casey said sitting his starting guard wasnt a matter of getting him rest. Wednesdays game was one the coach really wanted to win, so if Lowry could have played, he would have. "Theres a pride factor, you want to win, you want to win a division, you want to win and try and get home court," Casey said. "Were in position, so theres no use of letting off the pedal now. Every game for me is desperate. "But its not live or die or anything like that, were not going to risk a kids health to try to do that." Lowry is averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Johnson, whos averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 boards, has long battled bad ankles, but the hardworking forward normally plays through the pain. The fact he left the game is worrisome. The Raptors are tied with Chicago for third in the Eastern Conference and two-and-a-half games ahead of Brooklyn. The good news is Wednesdays game was the Raptors last against a Western Conference opponent. And of the remaining games, Toronto plays last-place Milwaukee twice, and Philadelphia (second-last) once. The Raptors got off to a sloppy start, falling behind by 12 points midway through the first quarter. Toronto ended the quarter with a 12-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Vasquez and trailed 25-23 heading into the second. DeRozan led the way with 15 points in a second quarter that Toronto finish with a 13-4 run, and when the Raptors all-star drilled a 32-footer at the buzzer it sent Toronto into the dressing room with a 55-50 lead. A pair of free throws by Salmons gave the Raptors a 20-point lead -- their biggest of the game -- with just under four minutes to go in the third. But the Rockets finished with an 18-8 run to make it a 10-point game with a quarter to go. 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