Amare Stoudemire and Spike Lee

The Knicks are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2004! Suck it, haters! The post-Carmelo landscape in New York has been far from idyllic, but they are riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s tilt with the Raptors at Madison Square Garden. Whether they finish sixth or seventh in the East, the Knicks are going to face either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics in the first round and you can’t deny that will be fun to watch. Whatever you think of the Knicks, it’s nice to see them relevant again.

A Knicks win tonight will give them a four-game series sweep of the Raptors this season, and they’ll have a chance for another four-game sweep if they beat the Nets on Friday. If you can go 8-0 versus the Raptors and Nets, you must be doing something right.

Injury report

Toronto: Jose Calderon, Andrea Bargnani and Leandro Barbosa will all be game-time decisions.

New York: Ronny Turiaf is questionable for tonight with a sprained ankle.

Five questions

1. After watching the dismal talent level in the NCAA Tournament, would you be fine with the Raptors trading their draft pick for a more immediate talent infusion?

2. Will you be angry (like I will) if Jerryd Bayless doesn’t play out the season as the starting point guard?

3. If Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette are both available at the Knicks’ pick in the upcoming draft (unlikely, I know, but play along) which player would be a better fit?

4. Why can’t Shelden Williams find a home? The Knicks are his sixth team in five NBA seasons.

5. If Mike D’Antoni is fired after the season, would you be interested in the Raptors hiring him to replace Jay Triano?

Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: TSN2
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
New York: Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Shelden Williams, Amare Stoudemire

Tonight’s pregame song is “Simon Says” by Pharoahe Monch (reppin’ South Jamaica, Queens) which was hilariously parodied by The Basketball Jones with their “Scal Says” rap. If this song doesn’t make you bob your head, you need a defibrillator.

Comments (2)

  1. 1. Yes, if Irving and Williams aren’t available, I’m all for trading the pick. I don’t see how Walker or Knight are upgrades over Bayless, especially Knight. Who’s a legit 5 as a prospect (Kanter is apparently 6″9 and isn’t going to block too many shots) and who are the other 3s? Perry Jones sounds interesting but also not ready at all. I would try to package Bargs with the pick and see what that can fetch.

    2. I would be angry, but that’s like being angry at seeing Amir having to play through an injury for no reason at all at this point in the season. Jay is still trying to win as many games as possible.

    3. Walker for sure. He has NY written all over him. I don’t know if New York is the place for guys who sign pledges to not have pre-marital sex, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but…um, yeah.

    4. He’s too short for the 4, and doesn’t do much if anything well. I’m not sure he even rebounds at a good clip for a 4 and what else does he bring to the table?

    5. No. He might be an upgrade but for the love of all that is holy I would like this team to not finish last in defence for a 3rd year in a row. I’m also not sure how he would be with the young guys, seeing as how Randolph couldn’t find any minutes in NY.

  2. Don’t want D’antoni.

    If the draft sucks, what makes everyone think the Raptors will be able to trade a pick for something more valuable? Who’s gonna trade a useful player for a pick in a weak draft?

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