11 Mar Raptors at MSG for Sunday matinee matchup with Knicks
By: Josh Weinstein
Following arguably their most impressive statement win of the season on Friday against the Houston Rockets, the Toronto Raptors look to extend their winning streak to eight games with a win against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Raptors have been great all season, but the team’s play over the past month or so has stood out in particular. Toronto has just one loss in its past fifteen games, as Dwane Casey’s squad has been hitting its stride at just the right time with the playoffs approaching. The team’s strength of schedule hasn’t exactly been the most challenging of late, but credit the Raptors for treating each opponent with the same respect and preparing for each game with the same attention to detail.
OG Anunoby and Delon Wright are both unlikely to suit up today in New York, with each battling respective injuries. Anunoby has a sprained ankle, while Wright is suffering from a sprained toe.
New York Knicks
Once Kristaps Porzingis went down with a torn ACL at the beginning of February, the New York Knicks threw in the towel on another lost season. It’s all about trying to discover what young talent they have on the roster at this point with the team well out of contention by now. Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina have been getting some extended minutes of late, so it’ll be interesting to see how that duo’s chemistry develops over the last stretch of the regular season. As expected, Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue chucking up shots in the absence of Porzingis, the team’s number-one scoring option.
Watchability Ranking – 6.5/10
Aside from this being a chance for the Raptors to extend their winning streak to eight games, this game doesn’t exactly scream out ‘must-watch’ TV. Considering the Knicks are involved, it’s no surprise why.
Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM ET.