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Raptors vs. Knicks Game Thread: With great depth comes great responsibility

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Injuries are piling up for the Raptors, so how will they deal with a Latvian monster tonight?

NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors have been starstruck by the play of their bench so far this season. This squad is legitimately 12-deep on any given night, as a backlog of players has created new rotations, weird lineups, and a great deal of energetic success.

Of course, the reality of a long NBA season is injuries happen, and right now, the Raptors are dealing with a few. Delon Wright went out in Thursday’s game with a dislocated shoulder — one we still don’t know the seriousness of (it is the same shoulder/injury that required surgery in 2016). Norman Powell, who also collided with a large human, is also still sitting with a hip pointer. There’s been no timetable there either.

Now we add another to the list:

Ibaka’s recurring knee issues this year may be the reason behind his statuesque play, and with three players possibly sitting, the Raptors will need a big game from their bench to deal with new Knicks legend Kristaps Porzingis. The Knicks come in 8-6, one back in the division, and their big man is averaging 28.9 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Without Ibaka, it’ll be a heck of a lot of Pascal Siakam on Porzingis - with some Jakob Poeltl mixed in for good measure, I’m sure.

Injuries put stress on depth, and a home game against the Knicks isn’t the waltz it used to be. We might actually get a quality matchup tonight.

Now check out Joel Stephens’ preview, check the game info, and let’s get into the comments.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM ET

Starters

Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Jonas Valanciunas

New York - Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Enes Kanter, Kristaps Porzingis

Injuries

Toronto - Norman Powell (hip pointer), Delon Wright (shoulder), Serge Ibaka (knee soreness)

New York - Ron Baker (shoulder)