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Amid the flurry of activity that went down on the day the NBA’s moratorium lifted was Landry Fields officially signing his offer sheet with the Raptors on Wednesday. The Knicks now have until Saturday to match the offer.

Between how much the offer sheet is actually worth and whether or not the Knicks will match, there are still a lot of questions surrounding this deal.

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Some Canadians dreamed of a scenario where Steve Nash would agree to join the Raptors on Canada Day. Now the fear is that he’ll agree to join the Knicks on the Fourth of July.

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Even the most optimistic of Raptors fans probably thought that between the season finale on April 26 and the Draft Lottery on May 30, there wouldn’t be much in the form of interesting or intriguing Raptors news. But as Manchester United supporters are painfully aware today, assuming makes a big pretty big ass out of everybody.

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Just when you think you’ve got this team figured out, they go and put on a performance like this. I’m a little dumbfounded, but I’m impressed. Anyway, let’s skip a lengthy preamble because it’s three in the bloody a.m. as I type this. Don’t ask.

Six thoughts: I has them. Opulence: I hasn’t.

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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

Injury report

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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