Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Andrea Bargnani, Aaron Gray
New York: Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler
Toronto: Jerryd Bayless is out again with a hip pointer.
New York: Jared Jefferies won’t play tonight.Start time: 7:00 PM ET
So I guess the New York Knicks are this unstoppable juggernaut now? After wins in their last five games, they’re tied with Utah for the longest streak in the NBA. While they’re currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, they’re only three games back of the Sixers for first place in the Atlantic Division. If they capture the division title, they’re guaranteed at least a fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Knicks beat the Raptors 106-87 in New York last Tuesday — if you were watching, you knew that Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t really respect the Raptors because Mike Bibby actually played 11 minutes. If Toronto is going to have a chance at an upset tonight, their defense will need to tighten up. In their last four games, they’ve allowed their opponents to make over 50 percent of their shots.
In other news, the Raptors released Rasual Butler today. Since we didn’t write a post about that, you can guess how momentous I considered this move to be. He was supposedly released so he could catch on with a playoff team, but I’m not sure how much of a market there is for a player who made a smidgen over 30 percent of his field goal attempts. He could be a nice guy and make a great chocolate soufflé, but he’s terrible at basketball.
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