Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks
Friday, February 9, 2018
You get a player! You get a player! You get a player! Everyone gets a (Cavs) player.
The Cavaliers had a busy day yesterday during the trade deadline. You can hear all about it in a special edition of Ballin’ on the Barn Burner’s shows page (http://www.barnburner.ca/Html/Shows/show-basketball.html ). In short – it’s a weekly podcast featuring myself alongside some fellow Toronto basketball personalities. The Knicks’ & the Raptors were quiet in the trade yesterday so business goes on as usual for the game.
Heading into last night’s game, The Raptors were one game behind the Boston Celtics. Boston won against Washington last night with a final score of 110-104. If Boston were to lose, the Raptors would have been on top of the East. Raptors won their fifth straight home meeting with the Knicks and have won four straight. Toronto is an NBA-best with 23-4 at home. This was New York’s first game since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a torn left ACL in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.
Jonas Valanciunas gets the Raptors’ going with a three. (There’s still time to put him in the 3-point contest next weekend - I think it would be fun to throw him in there). The starting five played beautiful basketball in the first quarter, not losing the lead after their first possession.
The Raptors were doing a great job defending, keeping the Knicks away from the line. Lowry picked up his first foul at 2:47 into the game. Again, slow to start but they picked up the pace as the game progressed into the second.
52-41 for the Raptors at the half.
It was raining threes in the 3rd quarter. The Raptors drained 11 heading into the fourth vs the Knicks who only made four from beyond the arc. Leading that parade was Serge Ibaka & C.J Miles with three each. C.J finishing with 11pts, 5reb & Serge with 13pts, 8reb.
Although it was a high scoring game, the Toronto All-Stars didn’t perform their best. Kyle Lowry ended the night with 7pts, 2 reb, 3ast & Demar DeRozan with 8pts, 5reb & 5ast. As they near the six-minute mark, being up by 25, the starters take a seat and let the bench take over and get their (well deserved) time in.
This win for the Raptors marks win #299 for Dwane Casey. Do you think he’ll reach #300 before the All-Star break next week? The Raptors have a two-day rest as they head to Charlotte, North Carolina where they’ll play the Charlotte Hornets & newly reined All-Star, Kemba Walker at 1:00pm.
The North Carolina Tar Heels beat the Duke Blue Devils yesterday - 82-78!
Raptors 113-88 Knicks.