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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces:?There are plenty of new ?faces in the Raptors locker room, but they are pretty familiar to fans in New York. Toronto traded Andrea Bargnani to acquire 3-point specialist Steve Novak, veteran big man Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson and a handful of draft picks, but only Novak remains on the roster.

The Raptors also brought in D.J. Augustin and Tyler Hansbrough -- no marquee moves but ones that add some depth to their young nucleus.

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Newly acquired center Andrea Bargnani is making a strong impression on the Team Italy coaching staff -- without actually being on the court.

Bargnani is a changed man, according to Team Italy associate coach Mario Foretti, who told the New York Post that the seven-footer has taken a noticeably different approach to his preparation for the European Championships.

"I think he's more mature," Fortetti said. "He knows better how we need to play at a certain level for European basketball. He's more aware of what he needs to do is and is more wise. He's more helpful this summer than his last summer (2011), is my feeling."

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