Game Preview: Raptors at Knicks

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The New York Knicks (9-19) take on the first place Toronto Raptors (11-15…!!!) at home tonight, as they look to claw themselves back towards the top of the division. Carmelo Anthony is a game time decision in the first regular season edition of the BARGNANI BOWL, as rumors continue to swirl that there could be future Raptors/Knicks trades on the way.

Coming off an embarrassing Christmas Day loss, the Knicks will likely again start Beno Udrih at point guard in the place of Ray Felton, although it wouldn’t be surprising if Toure Murry received a little more run. Ultimately, if Anthony doesn’t suit up, the Knicks will need “Good JR” and an engaged Iman Shumpert offensively. Hopefully, Tim Hardaway Jr will also continue his strong rookie season.

At this point, all a Knicks fan can do is hope the team eventually gets it together in some way and steal the Atlantic Division title. The teams around the Knicks are all equally putrid (Brooklyn) or hoping to tank (everybody else) so maybe there is a 35 win division crown on the way! Unfortunately, not even that is going to happen unless the Knicks lock down some type of consistent rotation and effort from their supporting cast. This is a hard team to get behind right now but if they can beat Toronto tonight and tomorrow, the standings won’t be looking so bleak.

A report came out today saying that owner James Dolan informed the team that no coaching changes or trades are going to occur. Do you believe him? A couple of wins here will remove a little pressure but a pair of losses? The 4 day break before a brutal Western Conference road swing of games does provide a nice window for change…

Make sure you are following @TurnOnTheKnicks during the game for commentary and check back here after for a recap!

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