New York Knicks v Toronto Raptors

The Raptors, minus Rudy Gay, take another stab at winning the season series against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One

Probable starting lineups:
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Jonas Valanciunas
New York: Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay are out
New York: Tyson Chandler is doubtful. Amare Stoudemire, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Baron Davis are all out

Random Thoughts

  • While it’s not necessarily game related, the biggest talking point of the night for Raptors fans is this Cathal Kelly tweet:
  • I thought we might hear something along these lines soon, considering that veterans with nagging pains on non playoff teams are usually prime candidates to be shut down early, but with extra losses meaning little for a team that will likely be without a draft pick anyway (unless they land a top-three pick), losing Gay for the remainder of the season would make already meaningless games that much worse. For what it’s worth, the Raps are currently four full games ahead of the Cavs, who hold the third-worst record in the league.
  • I hope Landry Fields is assigned to guard Carmelo Anthony from the start and remains on him for the length of the game. As noted on Friday night, Fields has played Anthony well all season and was making him work again through three quarters, but for some reason, Anderson was given the defensive assignment for the fourth quarter even when Landry was on the floor. Unless ‘Melo is abusing Fields, which is unlikely, then Landry should be on him all game.
  • Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas did a poor job of boxing out and containing Kenyon Martin last night, who exploded for 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Amir especially didn’t look like his usual energetic self. Perhaps it should have been expected, however, as in three games against the Knicks this season, Johnson is now averaging just seven points and about six rebounds in 26 minutes per game. If the Raptors have any chance of pulling off the upset tonight, they’ll need Amir to be better than that.
  • With his ridiculously hot shooting night (specifically the third quarter) against the Knicks on Friday where he scored a career-high 35 points, and with a 26-point performance already under his belt at The Garden earlier this season, will Alan Anderson reach new levels of chucking tonight?
  • They failed in their attempt last night at home, but the Raptors will once again be looking for their first season series win over the Knicks in the Post Bosh Era tonight. The two teams split the season series last year.
  • No post-game thoughts tonight, so as usual, feel free to post your own thoughts, observations and ramblings in the comment section below.

Comments (14)

  1. Should we bring back Tank Nation?

  2. Glad Ross played a lot, but Fields hasn’t stopped Anthony in these 2 games, so why has he played twice as many minutes as Amir Johnson?
    It’s not like Amir is some over-the-hill vet who’s gone after this year.
    I want to be able to just walk away from this team.

    • They know what Amir can do already and he’s been banged up pretty much most of the season. Time to shut him down along with Rudy and let the young’uns play.

      • Agreed, Amir has given his all this season while playing through some injuries. Let’s recall Quincy Acy and get him some minutes out there too!

        Tank for a high second round pick?

  3. Didn’t the Raps’ second rounder leave with the Gay-Calderon trade?

    • Yes, no draft picks for the Raptors this year.

      I think Colangelo consulted with the Washington Generals when devising his draft strategy for this year.

  4. My favourite part of this season has to be how well Bayless and Davis, two cast offs who were routinely mocked by a segment of this fan base are playing for playoff contender in Memphis.

    The Bayless situation is still confusing until this day because the lack of a true back-up point guard killed this team unlike any Raptor team before it.

    • I don’t remember many Raps fans dissing on Ed Davis; but I am kind of dissapointed that Bayless.

      • I think most of the criticism people had of Davis was his lack of emotion, his consistency, his lack of scoring, playing against other team’s bench players, not being a “stretch 4″, etc.

        I never understood it though. I always thought Davis was the best option for us at the PF position.

    • And the worst part, the team got rid of Bayless for nothing.

    • I don’t remember anyone “mocking” Davis. I’m sure though that many thought Bayless was not a real point guard. Although I don’t understand why Bayless was let go so easily when we were so desperate for a young backup, especially when odds are we were going to trade away Calderon.

      However, I think that Bayless is excelling in the perfect role. He’s best as the 2-guard and although I haven’t seen a lot of Memphis games, the few I saw Bayless played the 2 while Conely played the 1. Even when you look at his numbers from his recent surge he’s been scoring in bunches and barely distributing. I think we always knew Bayless could do that. Again, I still think he would have been a great young guy to have, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a driving/more athletic version of Lucas playing for us.

  5. Casciaro , youve sure been letting these clowns get away with garbage play lately. I know game thoughts can tend to be like a broken record but it’s your job to publicaly point out their shit play . I think were all in favor of a staff regime change in Craptor-land and I really think it’s time you start creating more of a buzz.

  6. yeh, get rid of Ford. There’s the problem right there.

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