Game thread: New York Knicks @ Toronto Raptors 12/10/2021 7:30pm [Game #26]


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Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ONMSG7:30 PM EST

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Injury Report

New York KnicksToronto Raptors
Jerichi Sims - Illness (QUEST)
Goran Dragic - Personal reasons (OUT)
Kemba Walker - Out of rotation (OUT)Khem Birch - Knee injury (OUT)
OG Anunoby - Hip injury (OUT)

Game Preview

The New York Knicks visit the Toronto Raptors on Friday in a game between teams coming off disappointing losses.

The Knicks lost 122-102 to the Indiana Pacers at Indianapolis on Wednesday.

"Just having the necessary energy at the start of the game ... that's probably the biggest thing (that was missing)," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Just our defense. They're a good team. I thought we scored, but we didn't guard.

"So it just takes one guy and we knew it would be a challenge because of where we were in our schedule. But we've got to meet that challenge. We have to find a way to get it done."

The Knicks have lost four of their past five and have split the first two contests of a three-game road trip.

The loss to the Pacers followed a 121-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

"You could find an excuse every night if you want to," Thibodeau said. "Early start time, late start time, travel, back-to-back, whatever it might be. The schedule, at the end of the day, we all play 82, so sometimes it's going in your favor and sometimes it's not."

Nerlens Noel (sore back) was a late scratch for the Knicks on Wednesday.

The Raptors lost 110-109 on Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, dropping their home record to 4-9 despite wins in their two previous games in Canada.

The Raptors will be playing the sixth of seven straight home games on Friday.

"You've got to show up to work and do your job every day," said Toronto's Fred VanVleet, who scored 14 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. "It's not about box score stats, it's not about scoring, it's not about awards, it's not about individual accolades or individual plays.

"It's about winning ball games and doing things the right way and we just can't seem to sustain that long enough to win against teams we must think we're better than. It doesn't work like that in the NBA because they were the better team tonight."

Toronto led by 64-54 at halftime before being outscored 33-12 in the third quarter.

Still, the Raptors had a 109-107 lead after rookie Justin Champagnie made a layup with 18 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Mike Muscala gave the Thunder the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds left.

VanVleet missed a layup in the final seconds, but Champagnie tipped in the rebound as time expired. A video review determined that his fingers were still on the ball when time expired, so the basket was waved off.

Champagnie has not played much this season, but coach Nick Nurse decided to give him a look.

"I didn't like any of the other (options)," Nurse said. "The other guys were soft and unenergetic and not playing their role."

Toronto was without OG Anunoby (hip pointer), Khem Birch (knee) and Precious Achiuwa (shoulder) on Wednesday.

The Raptors did not practice Thursday because of COVID-19 concerns, citing an "abundance of caution."

It is the first time the team has stopped a scheduled workout and is due to "health and safety protocols" an announcement on social media said.

The Raptors say all members of the organization are fully vaccinated and they have not had a positive COVID-19 test since the first day of training camp when Birch and his family went into isolation.

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--Field Level Media



Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. I just cut on the Gane, its in the 2nd qtr. and the score is 31-17 Raptors .. WTH


Half-Time .. Knicks 42 - Raps 50

Well, the 2nd unit chemistry on both sides of the court got us back into the game.
We need to start giving Grimes playingtime in the 2nd unit lineup, to prepare him for midseason.
The 9 man rotation need to go back to a 10 man rotation.


He's having a nice rookie season, 15.7 ppg on 12 shots, much better than Cade or Jalen. We know he can defend.

Barnes is the guy we should've traded up for in the 2021 draft .. we had two first round draft picks, And Leon Rose were clueless of the 2021 draft class. Drafting Barnes or Duarte meant we didn't have to sign Fournier, and concentrated on signing a FA starter PG.


69-65 Raps end of the 3rd. Fast paced up and down the court game, the win might come down to who has the fittest player.


Gary Trent with 18.

RJ leading scorer with 14 from NY.

Name another NBA team that gets nada from 3/5 of starters offensively


AB, EF, Noel might as well not even run down to the other side of the court.


Mitch misses a dunk, then turnover next possession. This isn?t basketball we are watching?. Like watching 7th graders.
I genuinely believe this team can be good this year, but our execution is just not there. We play sloppy as hell.


The 10th seed boiling down to IND, NYK, TOR, ORL or DET.

Indy beats DAL and TOR looks poised to beat us. Not good. Knicks better wake up

9 minutes left. Down 2. 72-70
We have a real problem with our 2nd unit consistently outplaying our 1st unit. Thibs then tries to get Randle out there with our 2nd unit guys and Randle wants to run plays, but there is no rhythm between guys who don?t regularly play together.
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