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    Toronto Raptors Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 7:00 pm 2/27/2017 [Game#60]





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    Injury Report

    Toronto Raptors New York Knicks
    Kyle Lowry - Sore right wrist (QUEST) Kristaps Porzingis - Sprained Left Ankle (DOUBT)
    - Joakim Noah - Sore Left Hamstring (DOUBT)
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    NEW YORK -- The Toronto Raptors appear to be out of their malaise and for DeMar DeRozan little doubt exists that the defensive presence of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker is the difference.

    "I think it's obvious," DeRozan said in his postgame on-court interview with Sportsnet after Sunday's 112-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. "What P.J. brings and what Serge brings, it makes a big difference."

    After losing their grip on first place in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors take a three-game winning streak into Monday's visit to the New York Knicks.

    From Jan. 18 to Feb. 14, the Raptors lost 11 of 15 games, prompting the urgency to acquire rugged frontcourt help. Help came in the form of Ibaka on Feb. 14, and although he did not play the next night, Toronto squeaked out a 90-85 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

    Not satisfied with one defensive-minded forward, the Raptors then added to their depth by getting Tucker from the Phoenix Suns before Thursday's trade deadline.

    The results of the pairing appeared during the fourth quarters of home wins over the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers. In Friday's 107-97 win, the Raptors held the Celtics to 20 points on 36.8 percent from the floor and Sunday the defense finished with a 16-10 spurt in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

    DeRozan scored 33 points on Sunday and 43 on Friday to help offset the absence of Kyle Lowry (left wrist). DeRozan's prolific scoring also was aided by Ibaka and Tucker being on the court at the same time down the stretch.

    They played the final 7:05 on Sunday and Toronto held Portland without a basket for nearly three minutes. Two nights earlier, the duo played the final 9:03 when the Raptors turned an 85-79 deficit into a win.

    Ibaka also has contributed offensively. In his first two games, Ibaka scored 33 points, including two mid-range jumpers after Portland cut the deficit to two points.

    "It takes a lot of pressure off," DeRozan said. "The teams just have to understand that you have to pick and choose. You know we have another weapon out there for teams to worry about."

    Lowry may sit out Monday, but the good news for the Raptors is their point guard play was steady over the weekend. Cory Joseph scored 23 points for Lowry in two games and Delon Wright added 11 points on Sunday.

    "Those guys did a good job," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "Not having our queen bee in there and our top guy to hand the ball off to offensively, defensively, 3-point shooting, we miss that part of it."

    Toronto (35-24) is three games behind Boston. The Raptors (.593) are also percentage points between the Washington Wizards (.596), who visit Toronto on Wednesday.

    "We got 23 games left," DeRozan said. "We got to leave it all out there. Before we know it, playoffs will be here."

    New York (24-35) sits in 12th and four games behind Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Knicks are looking to get consecutive wins for the first time since Dec. 20-22.

    New York is 8-22 since those home wins over the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic with several losses coming by five points or less.

    The Knicks nearly experienced another one Saturday night but escaped with a 110-109 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers when Carmelo Anthony hit the go-ahead 11-footer baseline jumper over Robert Covington with three-tenths of a second remaining.

    Anthony scored 37 points, marking the 15th time he topped 30 this season. In his last 13 games since Jan. 25, he is averaging 26.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor.

    Anthony's game-winner occurred after the Knicks nearly wasted a 12-point lead down the stretch.

    "The way we closed the game out, we can't let that happen," Anthony said. "This is not new to us. We've been in this situation before. We got to figure this out. That's what we have to get better at as a team. Sometimes we do it right, and sometimes we don't."

    Before Anthony's game-winner, the Knicks missed five of seven shots, committed three turnovers in a span of five-plus minutes and gave up an 18-5 spurt.

    "It's a tough game," New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Swings can go quickly. And the biggest thing for us is we have to play the last five minutes of the game almost like it's the middle of the first quarter with the execution, with the quick movements, instead of just walking it up."

    The Knicks nearly collapsed while Joakim Noah and Kristaps Porzingis sat out. Noah missed his seventh straight game with a left hamstring injury and Porzingis sat with a sprained right ankle. Porzingis hopes to play Monday, but Noah reportedly was scheduled for season-ending knee surgery on Monday.

    New York made a pair of roster moves Monday, signing free agent guard Chasson Randle and waiving guard Brandon Jennings.

    Toronto is on a five-game winning streak against the Knicks with four of those wins coming by double digits. A win on Monday would equal their longest winning streak in the series set Feb. 15, 2000, to March 4, 2001.

    (cbssports.com)

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    We waived Jennings and Randle plays in Westchester after beibg picked up off waivers, so Baker should be playing a lot in the backcourt.

    Phil is trying to tank , but Melo wants to still win games. LOL

    I don't know what' going to happen from game to game.

    Phil has to justify those 1500 dollar front court seats for James olan

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    Begley said Randle will be in uniform and available tonight. He's got NBA experience with the Sixers and he played in training camp so I expect him to play.

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    Thanks for another great game thread.

    Baker and Randle to split backup PG minutes. Could solve the problem by saying Rose caught Noah's season ending injury 'virus' and get them both minutes.

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    Last Knicks game of February and we haven't won 2 in a row since December. Yeah, that's right. Man, have we stunk the last couple months.

    Now, we get Toronto without Lowry, but with Ibaka and PJ Tucker. We may go the rest of the season without a 2-game win streak.

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    Here's my question. If Randle got Jennings roster spot, who is going to get Noah's roster spot or does that not happen yet because he isn't officially out for the season yet?

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    Baker playing as our backup PG in the 2nd quarter. Ndour also getting early 2nd quarter minutes

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    Rose and Baker logging minutes together in the 2nd quarter.

    Toronto just looks confused by us so far. We lead 37 - 31 with 6 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Rose and Baker logging minutes together in the 2nd quarter.

    Toronto just looks confused by us so far. We lead 37 - 31 with 6 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter
    It's and overused cliche but it applies to the Raps tonight, they're not playing with any energy. The MSG crowd is very quiet and subdued tonight even with the Knicks leading 53-40 at the half.

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    Baker and the whole team playing a strong 1st half. Toronto does not look like a contender without Lowry

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    DRose coming out with a shoulder stinger but Horn subs Sasha instead of Randle.

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    The boys scored 16 pts since the half and we're 3 mins into the 4th. Raps now take their first lead 73-71.

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    Toronto come out of the half and in a little over 3 minutes, eat a huge chunk out of our lead cutting it to 6. Uh oh, we've seen this show before.

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    Knicks have found something with Lance Thomas drawing fouls down low in the 3rd quarter. We've stretched the lead back to 10

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    On the same possession, you can watch how hard Courtney Lee plays defense and how not hard Rose plays defense. Lee with 5 steals tonight. He has quietly been very good the last few weeks

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