When: 7:00 PM
Where: Air Canada Centre
Starting Lineups (Subject To Change)
PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: DeMar DeRozan
PF: Landry Fields
C: Jonas Valanciunas
PG: Pablo Prigioni
SG: Raymond Felton
SF: Iman Shumpert
PF: Carmello Anthony
C: Kenyon Martin
The Magic Number for the Knicks to clinch a playoff spot for the third consecutive season is One.
Win tonight over the pesky Raptors in Toronto tonight and we can check off one of the many goals we have for this team going forward.
After a four game losing streak out West, the Knicks have now won two in a row and looked good in the process. With Melo back and looking healthy and Shumpert not missing any time after a scare Wednesday, things are looking are looking up.
Of course it has been difficult for the Knicks this year to get past the better and yet overall still relatively crappy Toronto Raptors this season.
They have played better since Rudy Gay was acquired in a trade from Memphis earlier in the season and beat the Knicks in Toronto and at the Garden already.
Of course, if the Knicks didn’t shoot horrifically in their loss to Toronto at home and executed better down the stretch in Toronto, things would be a lot different.
This is a tough match-up for the Knicks because the quickness of the Raptors big guns of Gay, DeRozan and, Lowrycould give guys like Felton and Prigioni trouble to start the game and Jason Kidd trouble when he comes off the bench.
On top of that, missing Chandler once again puts Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby on notice from a rebounding aspect. Something, the Magic in the previous game dominated in and the Raptors with Johnson and Valanciunas could dominate as well.
Every season, a good team like the Knicks just has one of those bad teams get their number and provide frustration and exasperation to the fan base. This year it’s the Raptors, couple years back it was the post-Lebron, pre-Irving Cavs that did the damage.
Hopefully when the night is over and the Knicks finally get a win over the Raptors, we can celebrate this franchise making it once again to the playoffs. Oh, and if they don’t, there is always tomorrow, when they play the Raptors again, this time at MSG.
Five Questions About Tonight’s Game
- How will Melo look after getting the rust off on Wednesday?
- Can the Knicks shut down Rudy Gay?
- Will the Knicks rebounding still be poor without Chandler?
- Which Random Raptors player will hurt the Knicks?
- How will Shumpert look after getting a scare with feeling his Knee pop last game?