2016-17 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Raptors

The Raptors still have reasons to win games. The Knicks have reasons to LOSE games.

If the Knicks lose this game, the Timberwolves and the Kings would both have to lose out (and they each have one very winnable game left) just to TIE the Knicks (presuming that the Knicks beat the Sixers – and hey, maybe they’ll surprise us and not beat the Sixers. I doubt it).

If they win this game, the Wolves or Kings could easily tie them and possibly even pass them if they lose out.

In other words, they really, really need to lose this game.

Let’s? Go Knicks!

Knicks Morning News (2017.04.09)

  • [NYDN] Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis still wants to prove he can be durable
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 9:17:40 PM)

    A sore back may preclude Kristaps Porzingis from playing in the final two games, meaning he would finish this season as he did the last.

  • [NYTimes] Warriors 123, Pelicans 101: Warriors Win Their 14th Straight in Kevin Durant’s Return
    (Sunday, April 09, 2017 5:07:38 AM)

    Durant finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists while Stephen Curry was sidelined by a bruised left knee.

  • [NYPost] Doctor: Derrick Rose can be MVP again — and reinjure knee
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:04:24 PM)

    A couple of Grizzlies season-ticket holders sat courtside Friday at FedEx Forum lamenting how little Derrick Rose has played in Memphis as a pro since leaving the local university. Rose played one season at the University of Memphis, getting the Tigers to the NCAA championship game (a feat later vacated because of NCAA violations). When…

  • [NYPost] Kristaps Porzingis concerns are overtaking his hype
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 3:20:09 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis may end his second season as he did his first one: injured. But unlike his spectacular rookie campaign, the 7-foot-3 Latvian’s sophomore year ends with more concern than boundless hope he is destined as a future top-three superstar in the league. Porzingis could miss his fourth straight game with back spasms when the…

  • [NYPost] Vegas shared Courtney Lee’s rage over Grizzlies’ needless 3
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 9:42:58 AM)

    The lesson on this last-second heave by the Memphis Grizzlies’ Wade Baldwin IV from Friday night: Never gamble. With the Grizzlies leading the Knicks by 10 with the clock ticking toward all-zeroes, Baldwin chucked up a seemingly meaningless 3-pointer that found the bottom of the net — and provoked Courtney Lee’s rage: The only problem?…

  • [NY Newsday] NBA Insider: How will Carmelo Anthony be remembered as a Knick?
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 9:04:01 PM)

    After a recent practice, Carmelo Anthony joked around with members of the 1999 Knicks team, which reached the NBA Finals. Two of them, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby, were Anthony’s former teammates.

  • [NY Newsday] Kristaps Porzingis could be Knicks’ new go-to guy, if healthy
    (Saturday, April 08, 2017 6:44:44 PM)

    Kristaps Porzingis thinks he was playing at a high level before an Achilles injury slowed him, and he believes he’ll be better next season.