Tonight, there’s going to be a basketball game. What, you want me to hype it up?
The Raptors continue a stretch of facing the Eastern Conference’s tank bracket tonight, as they play the New York Knicks at MSG — a game sandwiched between games against the Bulls, who just shut down Lauri Markannen.
The Knicks haven’t quite gone to that measure of tankage yet — albeit they might not have a player as good as Markannen on the roster. They’ll be mostly back to full health tonight, as Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox return from day-to-day injuries to play on Thursday.
On the Raptors side, we have a loaf management (as the Raptors MR staff declared it) game for Kawhi Leonard tonight, while OG Anunoby will sit due to a concussion suffered in Tuesday’s game against Chicago.
The Raptors, god bless them, really have nothing left to prove in the regular season. They will finish as the second seed, unless the Bucks totally collapse, and it’s clear with Anunoby’s injury, Kyle Lowry’s ankle, and Leonard’s loaf that a run of games at full health won’t be possible. At this point, it’s just hoping that nobody else gets hurt, that the team can play well against some bad teams, and make their way to April 13.
Let’s go to the comments!
Where to Watch
Sportsnet One, 7:30 PM ET
Toronto — Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
New York — Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Mario Hezonja, Kevin Knox, DeAndre Jordan
Toronto - Kawhi Leonard (loaf management), OG Anunoby (out - concussion)
New York — Frank Ntilikina (out), Noah Vonleh (out), Allonzo Trier (out)