Knicks vs Raptors – 12-27-13 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

After the Christmas Day beat down the Knicks received at the hands of the Thunder, the Knicks start a home and home against the Raptors Friday night. Toronto has been playing a lot better lately, they are 5-3 since the Rudy Gay trade, with two of the losses coming from the defending Western Conference Champion Spurs. Toronto come into Friday night the Atlantic Division leader, with New York only three games back of the Division crown, which will automatically give the team no less than fourth seed in the playoffs.

The Knicks were again without their leading scorer Carmelo Anthony due to a left sprained ankle. Andrea Bargnani got out to a hot start, scoring ten points in the first quarter against his former team, that made him a No. 1 overall draft pick in 2006. The first quarter was a display of extremely sloppy basketball, with neither team taking care of the basketball. Toronto had seven turnovers, New York was even worse, with eight. Though the Knicks were able to overcome all the turnovers in the first quarter by playing great defense, forcing the Raptors to shoot 35.3% from the field, leading 25-18 after one period.

There was more ugly basketball in the second quarter, with both teams shooting no more than 40% from the field. J.R. Smith was the lone Knick making any shots in the quarter. Smith hit all four attempts, three of which were threes, for a total of 11 point. The Raptors took the lead, after a Terrance Ross three, leading 37-36 with 3:17 remaining in the first half. The Knicks would answer, ending the second quarter on a 13- 3 run, to take a 49-40 lead.

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We interview author of Basketball Talk, The Way It Should Be and host of The Breakdown Show, Audley Stephenson.  We talk about the Knicks, the Raptors, the lockout, Audley’s radio show, some of the guests he’s had on an a few funny moments from the show, and his basketball book.  You can buy his book here and listen to his show here.   Download Episode 77

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Offseason Grades – Eastern Conference

In episode 1 Marc and Jay started to give their grades for the 2010 offseason transactions, here’s the results:

Atlantic Division

Jays Picks

New York Knicks – B+
New Jersey Nets – C+
Philadelphia 76ers – C-
Toronto Raptors – D-
Boston Celtics – B+

Marcs Picks

New York Knicks – B-
New Jersey Nets – B
Philadelphia 76ers – C+
Toronto Raptors – F
Boston Celtics – B

Central Division

Jays Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – D
Indiana Pacers – B-
Chicago Bulls – C+

Marcs Picks

Milwaukee Bucks – A-
Cleveland Cavs – F
Detroit Pistons – C-
Indiana Pacers – C
Chicago Bulls – B-

Southeast Division

Jays Picks

Washington Wizards – B+
Orlando Magic – D-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – F

Marcs Picks

Washington Wizards – A-
Orlando Magic – B-
Miami Heat – A+
Atlanta Hawks – F
Charlotte Bobcats – D+

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Jay and Marc introduce themselves and explain what to expect on this podcast in the future.  We then give our ratings of the offseason transactions for the Atlantic division.  Subscribe on ITunes  Download Episode 1