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Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks: The Andrea Bargnani Game

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It's the Toronto Raptors vs. the 2012-13 Toronto Raptors (and some guys you've never heard of) in a cataclysmic battle of epic proportions that will have a lasting effect on.... I need to stop.

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Where to Watch: SNN, 7:30 p.m. ET

Nothing like a trip to Madison Square Garden to face the lowly New York Knicks in order to [hopefully] cure a four-game losing skid.

The 113-88 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night was a "woodshed butt-kicking," as Dwane Casey so eloquently described after the game. It was a nauseating 48 minutes of basketball that induced migraines and caused grown men named Chris Walder to openly weep in front of their television sets.

I've said too much.

Perhaps seeing some familiar faces tonight will cheer me up. Jose Calderon (thumbs up), Quincy Acy (still love the beard, bro) and Andrea Bargnani..........

Umm........

Well look who it is. Fancy seeing you here, Il Mago. Long time no see. How have you been?

*checks Bargnani's box score from New York's 121-115 OT win over the Detroit Pistons*

We're doomed. Bargnani knows how to rebound now [overblown analysis based off one performance].

In all seriousness, the Raptors should emerge with their 17th road win of the season tonight. They're 8-5 on the second night of a back-to-back, while New York has lost 12 in a row under those circumstances.

That shellacking at the hands of Golden State sure left a bad aftertaste, though. Beating New York won't heal those wounds, but it should go a long way towards wiping my memory clean of Festus Ezeli throat jabs and Klay Thompson daggers.

If I'm wrong and the Raptors blow what should be a straightforward victory....

Leave a comment, engage in conversation and enjoy tonight's festivities!