Things are great in Raptor Land right now. Winners of nine straight, the Raps (30-15) will be looking to set a franchise record for consecutive wins if they can pull out a victory over division rival New York (22-25).
One major thing to note: All-Star point god Kyle Lowry is listed as questionable for the game with a wrist injury after getting tangled up with Washington Wizards centre Marcin Gortat in Tuesday's 106-89 victory. If Lowry is forced to sit out, Dinos fans should feel comfortable with the team handing the reigns over to backup Cory Joseph. Joseph dazzled against the Wiz, pouring in 10 points and six assists while constantly driving to the rim with ease.
Knicks' superstar Carmelo Anthony told reporters earlier today he will not play due to knee soreness, which will obviously leave a glaring hole in the lineup for the visiting club. The Knickerbockers are 0-5 without Melo this season.
Super rookie Kristaps Porzingis, the subject of the greatest hip-hop videos of all-time (below), would have been forced to step up in Anthony's absence. Three Six Latvia has been one of the best stories in the Association this season, as the 7'3" power forward has burst onto the scene and then some by averaging 14 points and 7.8 boards in 47 appearances. However, as was reported right before the game:
Kristaps Porzingis is a late scratch due to an upper respiratory illness and will not play tonight in Toronto, Knicks announce.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) January 29, 2016
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