New York Knicks v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were unable to complete the comeback, as the Knicks finally took down Toronto this season and clinched a playoff spot in the process.

Here are some quick thoughts on the game…

Knicks 99, Raptors 94

- The Raptors trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter and clawed all the way back to within two with 5:56 remaining in the fourth, but whether it was a Knicks’ three at the end of a shotclock or a failed boxout for Toronto, it seemed there was always something holding the Raptors back from getting over the hump.

- Alan Anderson enjoyed the game of his life in this one, going off for a career-high 35 points on 11-of-18 shooting, which included a truly memorable third quarter of trading big buckets with Carmelo Anthony.

- Speaking of ‘Melo, while Anthony had himself his own big night (37 points), it took him 31 shots to get there and for the third time this season, Landry Fields’ defence gave him plenty of trouble. Fields was playing Anthony well through three quarters, so I don’t know why Anderson was suddenly guarding Carmelo in the fourth with Landry on the floor.

- Rudy Gay, who’s been having back issues for weeks now, left the game in the second quarter after jamming his back and did not return. He also won’t be making the trip to New York for Saturday’s conclusion of this home and home, and with the Raptors basically just playing out the string, you have to wonder if Gay will be a candidate to be shut down early as March turns to April. It happens often enough with veterans that have nagging injuries on non-playoff teams.

- If Gay does miss time, one of the guys who stands to gain more playing time is rookie Terrence Ross. After a nice stretch of four games where Ross earned minutes by averaging 12 points on over 50 per cent shooting, the rook has hit another mini rut by scoring just nine points total over his last 36 minutes of action in the last two games, shooting 4-of-15 in the process, including 0-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.

- Jonas Valanciunas’ numbers were solid again tonight (10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, 7 rebounds), but I didn’t like the fact that 35-year-old Kenyon Martin went off for 19 points (on 9-of-10 shooting) and 11 rebounds. Credit K-Mart for his performance, but Valanciunas and Amir Johnson, who had an uncharacteristically quiet game, didn’t do a good enough job of putting a body on the veteran and boxing him out.

- Kyle Lowry had 10 assists, just two turnovers, was one of only three Raptors to finish with a positive +/- and only attempted eight shots, but it was not one of Lowry’s best performances, as the Toronto point guard made some questionable decisions on the floor, specifically with respect to when to take some of those shots.

- The fact that it was a sellout crowd doesn’t say much considering that the majority of tickets were sold before paying fans knew that a late March game would be meaningless for the hometown team, but it was great to see the fans in attendance actually get into the game despite the record. There was a buzz in the arena from the starting lineup intros that remained pretty consistent throughout.

Raptors Player Of the Game: Alan Anderson – 35 Pts, 11/18 FG, 6/11 3PT, 7/8 FT, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 3 TO in 36:26

Knicks Player Of the Game: Carmelo Anthony – 37 Pts, 14/31 FG, 2/8 3PT, 7/11 FT, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk, 7 TO in 43:04

Comments (11)

  1. Lowry continues to play a calderon type of offense and its infuriating. Is it casey? Is it him? Is he hurt? Probably all of the above but I really hope he plays like he is capable of next year. You dont get a 20 PER by playing like this thats for sure.

    • If Lowry was playing a Calderon-type offense, then the Raptors offense would be better, quite frankly, and not so prone to as many cold spells when he’s on the floor.

      • Lowry looks nothing like Calderon and unfortunately he doesn’t look like much of himself either. Calderon ran pick & rolls all night long, Lowry runs more isolation plays for people. Offense looks very different, not sure what you are referring to you AD.

  2. That hot-air balloon you may have seen leaving the ACC was actually Alan Anderson’s head. I expect him to be in Kobe-mode (even more so than normal) for at least the next couple weeks.

    • Applause … I wonder if Alan actually took the team charter to New York last night … or just floated on a wave of his own self-importance

  3. A piece of advice for the Raptors supporters.

    Toronto 11 defeats in the last 15 games, maybe you should think twice before booing Bargnani, after all it seems that it was not all his fault …

    • Or maybe Ed Davis was more valuable to the team than Bargnani and Gay?

    • I tried typing up a rational response to you, but the overwhelming flood of hatred at the idiocy of people who write messages like this prevented me from being to complete it.

      You just so misunderstand why people hate on Bargnani

  4. Can you guys finally just admit that kyle lowry is not a better basketball player than Jose Calderon, it’s been pretty clear he’s not the point guard of the future and does not have that high of a ceiling. It seems kyle would be suited best to coming off the bench as a 6th man.

    • last off season we should have haggled Dragic from Pheonix, for the draft pick. Another smart move would have been to resign Bayless too, that would have been a more formidable point guard tandem then Lowry/Lucas.

    • I admit it, Danny, I was totally wrong. Lowry is not the guy to lead this team, and Calderon is a much better player. The offence is totally disorganized with Lowry running it. Now we know why Darrell Morey dumped him.

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