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Raptors vs. Knicks Game Thread: Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

After all the insanity of this year’s trade deadline... a basketball game.

NBA: Toronto Raptors at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

While the trade deadline was brilliant, bizarre, and meant everything to a certain Eastern Conference team — it was relatively quiet for the Toronto Raptors.

Bruno Caboclo was shipped out for salary reasons, as Malachi Richardson comes in from the Kings to round out the back end of the roster. It’s a small move for a team that’s more than comfortable with who they have. DeAndre Jordan was probably not going to be an upgrade on Jonas Valanciunas, and no other mid-level deal really worked for money reasons.

The Raptors have a cohesive ten players, who all bring something special to the table. They have the best bench in the league, and high-end talent that’s secure and happy where they are. It’s an enviable situation, especially if you’re the team coming to Air Canada Centre tonight.

The Knicks are once again in shambles, proof that — even with the best roster intentions — sheer fate can get in the way. New York lost their star centre Kristaps Porzingis to an ACL injury on Tuesday, one that will keep him out the rest of the season. Enes Kanter, who has been better than expected, is also out due to oral surgery. Ron Baker is hurt, and Joakim Noah floats in the great beyond, waiting for a buyout.

The 11th place Knicks now seem doomed to the lottery, though they have some hunger in their active roster. Tim Hardaway Jr. can score, Michael Beasley is always on the radar, and Courtney Lee has history beating up on the Raps.

Still, it will be a struggle for the Knicks, a team where everything has gone wrong, against a team where everything is breaking right.

For more on the fallout from today’s trade deadline, read the cap god Daniel Hackett’s rundown. You can also read the full preview for Knicks-Raptors, courtesy Jacob Mack.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM ET


Toronto - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

New York - Jarrett Jack, Courtney Lee, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Beasley, Kyle O’Quinn


Toronto - none

New York - Kristaps Porzingis (ACL), Enes Kanter (oral surgery), Joakim Noah (personal), Ron Baker (shoulder)