New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors Game Thread 2/24
The New York Knicks(16-38) vs The Toronto Raptors(29-23)
Fri. 2/24 at 6:00pm ET on MSG
Welcome to the MSGKnickz33 Pregame show, Im your host Jazzy Jeff and its time to break down Friday nights game. The Knicks are coming off an exciting win against the Toronto Raptors. Crawford scored 43 points to lead the way. Zach Randolph added 26 points and 15 rebounds, a half court shot, and a clutch layup. We'll see if the Knicks can make it 2 in a row over the Raptors.
"If they stick to the script, they will have no problems with the Knicks."
These were my final words in what was previously here as my pre-game Raptors paragraph. Somehow the Knicks pulled off an upset. The Raptors were unable to contain Crawford and Chris Bosh was unable to deliver a huge game like last time. The reason for this might be because of Eddy Curry only gettin 9 minutes of playing time. It will be interesting to see how many minutes he gets on Sunday.
The Toronto Raptors
*T.J. Ford is listed as day-to-day (suprise)
AND NOW YOUR NEW YORK KNICKS!!!!
AT POINT GUARD NATE ROBINSON
AT SHOOTING GUARD JAMAL CRAWFORD
AT SMALL FORWARD QUENTIN RICHARDSON
AT POWER FORWARD ZACH RANDOLPH
AT CENTER EDDY CURRY
Will be updated tomorrow afternoon, sorry for lazyness. Not exactly the most inspiring team, even after Toronto win. Tomorrow they'll get revenge.
New Song by Rakim, check at the bottom.
***** MSG33 PresEnTs the KeY MatChuP:ANTHONY PARKER VS JAMAL CRAWFORD
Jamal Crawford Last 5 Games
Jamal Crawford might be the closest thing the Knicks have to a leader, but at the same time hes far from a leader. On a team where his role could be reduced, he mite not be that bad of a role player. The problem is you cant turn a role player into a star. Overall Crawfords shot has been off all season, but over the last 5 games he has shown a small improvement but he'll have a game or 2 soon where his shooting percentage is very low, its part of his routine. Heres his stats for the last 5 games:
Crawfords turnovers have gone up. Isiahs son is well conditioned, but after that I cant give him too much credit. He needs to attack the basket more, hes got the handling skills and speed to get to the rim.
7.8 field goals made per game 18.2 field goals attempted per game
2.4 3PT made per game 6.8 3PT attempted per game
Crawford has attempted 34 3pointers and 30 freethrows over the last 5 games. I hope some of the people who say Im too hard on Crawford (no homo) see what Im talkin about. Part of the blame has to go to Isiah Thomas, but when Crawfords on the court, being an excellent free throw shooter he needs to attack and go to the line more often. His soft mentality prevents him from having more value, im not even gonna talk about his defense.
Very low numbers for Anthony Parker, but .2 turnovers in 33 minutes per game is very impressive. Usually, his shooting percentages are above 46%, but recently hes making Crawford look like a good shooter. Parker is normally does not make a big impact statistically, hes a good team player who defends, plays within the team system, and does not turn the ball over that much. We'll see if his defense can slow down Crawford.
The Official MSG33 Pregame Strategy:
Give the ball to Q-Rich!!! (Im sorry for this one)
Perimeter Defense!!!! Raptors-42% 3PT (1st in league)
I voted for Dwight Howard even though Gay G The Big lick-**** is probally still the best, I think its close between Dwight, amare, and Gay G. I would pick Dwight because hes the best defender/rebounder of the 3, and I wouldnt even consider Gay G because of his age, if I had the chance to pick between the 3 of them. Amare is very skilled offensively, but I think his injury took somethin away from his jumping ability. Hes still very athletic, but now as athletic as he was. We have to also remember if Dwight Howard was playin with Steve Nash (no homo), his offensive production would increase. I didnt want to be responsible for Gay G winning this poll if he does, but hes still the best. Not for long though, Dwights gonna be better next year.
Its the vote for Shaq that really threw me off, it has to be a joke. Or maybe it was EC's House Special, nah it cant be. He would vote for Dirk Nowitzki because of his light skin tendencies, hes in love with Deron Williams.
I agree with MSG. The Raptors will get revenge tomorrow afternoon.The Knicks still got no defense, and it almost cost them last game. They just got lucky that Crawford was knocking down all those chucked shots he usually misses, and Z-BO got that clutch lay up that would've been blocked if he were right handed.I hope the Knicks win, because it would be humiliating for the Raptors to lose 2 in a row to a team that's 5th in the Atlantic Division.The Knicks need to play these Raptors like they wanna win a championship, so that they could have the pleasure of embarrassing an elite Eastern Conference team.
I voted for Dwight Howard on the poll, I think Dwight has the most potential, but I think that when ever Greg Oden will be playing he will make an impact as one of the most dominate players in the game.
The poll was who is the best PF\C out of the following... on that basis you would have to go Tim Duncan wouldnt you? for potential and stuff you would go Howard cause he could be anything and is probably the best C in the East but Duncan is the man.
Good point Pricey, Duncan has held it down the longest and continues to hold it down. Counter arguments can be made by hypathetically speakin, replacing Duncan with another player included in the poll, and sayin the Spurs would have still won their championships with that player.
exp. If Kevin Garnett was a Spur all these years, would they have more or less rings?
When removing all the "ifs" Duncan is easy to argue as the best. When it comes to the playoffs, he mite be the most unstoppable of all them; no one uses the glass like he does.
The Games about an hour away, Raptors will be seeking revenge for the upset they suffered Friday night. They will be successful, beating the Knicks by at least 10.