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    Toronto Raptors Game thread: New York Knicks vs Toronto Raptors 7:30 3/28/2019 [Game #75]





    (52-23) -- (14-60)

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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Toronto Raptors New York Knicks
    Kawhi Leonard - Load Management (OUT) Dennis Smith Jr - Sore lower back (OUT)
    - Kevin Knox - Sprained right ankle (QUEST)
    - Noah Vonleh - Sprained right ankle (QUEST)
    - Allonzo Trier - Strained left calf (OUT)
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    The Toronto Raptors are two weeks away from another postseason appearance and closing in on their fifth Atlantic Division title in six seasons.

    In the meantime, the Raptors will continue preparing for postseason games by figuring out which potential lineups they might use and their preparation continues Thursday night with a visit to the league-worst New York Knicks.

    Toronto (52-23) is likely locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are four games behind Milwaukee for the top spot in the East and 4 1/2 games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic.

    Among the things first-year coach Nick Nurse is doing in preparation for the postseason is starting Marc Gasol at center. Gasol has started the last eight games and nine of the last 10 while Serge Ibaka has come off the bench.

    Though Gasol finished with two points and six rebounds in Tuesday's 112-103 home win over the Chicago Bulls, he has four double-digit scoring games in his last seven contests. Gasol is averaging 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19 games since being obtained from Memphis and his teammates are noticing how certain things improve with him on the floor.

    "We're still feeling each other out but he's fit in very well," Raptors guard Danny Green told Sportsnet. "The ball movement starts with him. He's good at what he does. It's contagious."

    On Tuesday, no starter played more than 21 minutes and Norman Powell scored 20 points while Ibaka added 16. For the Raptors, the ideal scenario on Thursday would be keeping starters Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Green to around 20 to 25 minutes.

    "I think our starting five has a super-high IQ so that's the one thing that helps us and that's big," Lowry told reporters on the topic of incorporating Gasol into the starting five.

    Knicks coach David Fizdale would like to be able to choose from a deep roster but injuries are piling up.

    Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has missed the last six games with a sore back, rookie guard Allonzo Trier has missed the last three games with a strained calf and forward Noah Vonleh has missed the last five games with a sprained right ankle.

    Smith, Trier, and Vonleh may be out again Thursday and the trio could be joined on the sidelines by rookie forward Kevin Knox.

    Knox sprained his right ankle with 32 seconds left in the first half of a 124-113 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Knox was injured when his foot collided with Los Angeles guard Patrick Beverley's on a 3-point attempt.

    Knox scored 11 points before getting hurt and was averaging 19.3 points in his previous four contests.

    "He was playing really good basketball before he got hurt," Fizdale said. "That's probably the most frustrating part of the injury."

    Knox may also be joined on the sidelines by second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, who reinjured his groin Sunday after returning from a 24-game absence due to the same injury Friday against Denver.

    Regardless of who is available, the Knicks (14-60) will try to avoid matching the 2014-15 team for the worst record in team history. That record was the second-worst in the NBA and it resulted in Kristaps Porzingis being picked fourth overall by the Knicks.

    This time, the Knicks are ahead of Phoenix in the "race" for the league's worst record. New York has lost four straight games and 12 of 13 since winning two straight over San Antonio and Orlando Feb. 24-26.

    The Knicks must win four of their last eight games to avoid matching the worst record in team history. They secured their second 60-loss season in team history with Sunday's loss.

    Toronto has won five straight from the Knicks and 16 of the last 19 meetings. The Raptors easily won the two meetings in Toronto and claimed a 104-99 win in New York on Feb. 9 when Lowry scored 22 points and Gasol played 19 minutes in his debut with the team.

    --Field Level Media

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .... the Knicks are coming off of a 3 day rest, and should have a winning energy for tonight game in MSG vs the Craptors .. the Knicks last 3 games were at (MSG) Home, and the next 3 game are at (MSG) Home too.
    Head coach David Fizdale and his co-defendant Mudiay gets the majority of the credit for the Knicks 60 losses in the so-call development season.
    It would be nice if the two coach & player has finally come up with a winning-plan in the next 3 home games !!!

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    We have two games with the Bulls who were banged up last game with Dunn, Lavine, Markanann and Porter all out. Not sure they'll be back this season with so few games left and nothing to play for so we may get 2 wins there. Winning just 2 games the rest of the way would ensure the worst record in club history.

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    We have 7 reason to beat the Craptors tonight .. Mudiay Mario Kornet Ellenson Jenkins Kadeem and DJ are all performing for a new contract$$$

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    DSJ dressed and coming off the bench. He missed time in Dallas with a bad back IIRC.

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    Shame shame .. whats going on .. the Knicks were clobbered in the first quarter 18-30

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    55-36 at the half. This team struggles scoring to say the least. Any superstar has to think hard about coming to NY if he has to play with these guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    55-36 at the half. This team struggles scoring to say the least. Any superstar has to think hard about coming to NY if he has to play with these guys.
    If things work out for us in both the draft and free agency, there could be 3 players on this roster starting next season who are much better players than anyone on our current roster other than MRob.

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    Garden crowd roars every time JLin scores. They still remember Linsanity, nice game by him, he's struggled in TOR.

    MRob 19 pts 21rbs. Game ball to him.

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    MRob keeps getting better... only keeper in my book...

    Hes playing so well, MRob and top 3 pick this draft and Knox and Knits probably gets you AD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiger0330 View Post
    55-36 at the half. This team struggles scoring to say the least. Any superstar has to think hard about coming to NY if he has to play with these guys.
    The Knicks poor-poor performance last night on their Home court .. getting out-scored in all 4 quarters of the game by the Raptors, making the Knicks 14-61 TANKING record legit .. the Knick organization are all Bums !!!

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