The Knicks host the weird ass Toronto Raptors tonight with a very good chance to both get back to .500 and also let the Raptors know that, seriously, they can just give up already and just properly tank.
OG Anunoby (taken 15 picks after Frank Ntilikina) is resting tonight, Fred VanVleet is out, Deandre Bembry is suspended (the Knicks will luck out and will somehow have players from the same fight suspended against them in back to back games) and yet somehow Kyle Lowry is actually playing. The Raptors are fucking weird. Just tank already!
Let’s go get back to .500, Knicks!
122 replies on “2020-21 Game Thread: Knicks vs. The Weird Ass Raptors”
Tonight’s new brew for the game is Warsteiner Dunkel. I don’t like it quite as much as the other Warsteiner beer I tried out for an earlier game, but it was on sale, so…
Remember, if you hear anyone yelling, “We want Frank,” it’s got to be Z-man.
4.5 seconds of Frank is never enough.
That’s what SHE said!
I know it’s old…
Liked the stat from the pregame (which Hahn said they found on Reddit): Knicks are 21-17 when Randle’s hair is braided (which it is again tonight, after being floating free for the last several games). Important!
Are we playing the Waterboy? It that Bobby Boucher?
I’m watching the Toronto feed on the way to work. The audio is in Chinese, but there was a graphic with the keys to the gáfame for Toronto. The first one was “not Randle”
Seems like every game RJ starts 1-4
This Knick team can play suffocating defense when it wants to.
Seeing the D live is cool
Let’s get this W
Started late and the first name i saw was “Gillespie”, so immediately thought that i had clicked on the wrong game. 😀
That is a Randle spin move I approve of
Pacers just scored 45 pts in the 1st quarter at Memphis.
Randle needs to play a little more bully ball.
Okay Z-Man, I want to hear you hollering, “FEED OBI!!”
Would’ve been nice if Lowry wouldn’t have returned to the lineup tonight.
Obi’s rebounding and defense have definitely improved. I’m not giving up on him.
Yeah, finally Obi is getting better
This game is hideous but on the other hand we have a big lead
Lowry is fun to watch, sort of
IQ does some low IQ stuff out there
You have to love Taj
That RJ eurostep came right at me
Looked a bit like Harden with that move.
RJ is improving before our eyes, has the ship sailed? Who stayed out?
Elfrid scored a 3P, the end of the world is near 😀
Dumb replay call
Another dumb challenge. Save it and take the jump ball
This challenge by Thibs is going to humble the refs and make Thibs their daddy.
When a coach wins the challenge, they should get a 2nd challenge
I was today years old when I learned Mike Breen does not have any tattoos
Are we going to follow our usual game plan for 3rd quarters – play horrible basketball and lose the lead ?
Gotta love the RJ to Noel hookups
RJ at the nail against the zone leads to diagonal passes for easy shots at the rim.
Here you go.
Lol Clyde talking about Weed World
Knicks seem to play so much better in the 2nd half when trailing instead of leading.
Nice little sequence by Nerlens there
looks like we figured out that attacking the foul line works against the zone… congrats…
Nerlens is awesome to see live
It’s raining inside, Z-Man? :O
Z-Man plug the hole in the roof!
Clyde & Breen have been in elite form tonight
You watch other games on NBA TV and you realize how lucky we are to have them. The best in the biz.
I thought the Raptors ditched the purple from their logo/unis. Interesting.
Fixed it but I’m drenched
Boooo… Pascal hit Julius on his shoulder on his off hand
there must be some sort of witchcraft behind what masai is doing….
Is Gary Trent Jr the best player in the NBA?
I liked that Randall drive but he’s gotta convert those
Not a good Q
Did Masai drill a hole in the roof?
We must have some mental block on 3rd quarters
ugly…Randle continuing regression to the mean…his 3 point shots are not close
Kevin Knox appearance
Flynn is able to beat Rose off the dribble every time.
We may still win this game … but it sucks anyway
Marcus Smart, Malachi Flynn – shitty 3 point shooters who become sharpshooters against us
It’s usually only the 3rd quarter, but today we’re playing horrible in the 4rd also 🙁
I never should have plugged that hole
Bed time I’m not watching this tragedy
remember in high school at practice…coach made you practice how to run a freaking fast break….thibs better start that shit now..
The Knicks need to find someone who can stay in front of Flynn. We know it is not Rose, who is not even getting into a stance.
Payton sucks but I’d still rather see him play than Derrick Rose
That out of bounds 3P has awake the Knicks
Nerlens hands, wow
Knicks playing Burks at point. Rose & Payton both on the bench.
My daughter has loved Nerlens but didn’t get how he lost that ball.
Missed an easy 2P, and now lost the handle of a rebound. Not a great time for this kind of stuff.
Get loud, Z-Man!!!
There is a reason Noel was available for a one year$5m contract. Can’t get too upset he has bad hands.
That was one of RJ’s best passes of the season
RJ with the HUGE corner 3!!!!
RJ I fucking love you!!
No fear, love RJ
No one told me RJ had a spot he couldn’t miss from
No one told him last year either
Definitely RJ’s release is getting quicker
RJ has taken that slight about him from Wiseman that he was going to let RJ shoot in the clutch personally. Love that he has come back big in the clutch two games in a row.
What a game.
Can’t let them score that fast.
It wasn’t Wiseman, it was Edwards
What did edward do and who is edward?
Knicks TO, Siakam travelling 😀
What hustle by Bullock to get back on D forcing that Siakam double dribble.
I got a kick out of Siakam asking the refs to review the most obvious double dribble I’ve ever seen in an NBA game
He did it … Julius hit 2
It would be nice to see 4 great quarters, but I’ll take 2 and as half if we get the win.
Thibs has really brought that ugly 90’s basketball back full force.
Very good game you chose to go, Z-Man 😉
Siakam gets the game ball
This was a true battle to the bottom. Ooph.
10 seconds. 4 points. Why am I not comfortable?
Yep realised after I posted. Always proof read!!!
I’m here for it
OK. I’m more comfortable now.
Wound up being tougher than it should’ve been but still huge freaking win.
since the asb rj’s been our best player… and i think that’s probably going to remain true for a very very long time….
Man I love Clyde and Breen. “The Knicks should just go to the locker room.”
Nerlens winning fans with the comment about being tough because it’s NY.
Nice, ugly win. Back to .500!
Next step is gonna be having RJ with the ball in his hands down the stretch of games. For me he still goes too long in stretches where he doesn’t touch the ball on offense. But becoming such a deadly spot up 3pt shooter is an amazing development.
4.5 seconds of Frank is never enough.
5.2 seconds of Frank is better than 4.5 seconds.
Wally just said Julius is turning down open threes. I’m seeing the opposite. He’s not getting open threes like he was in the first half of the season. Nothing is easy now for Julius.
OK OK Alan Hahn I’m sold on RJ already! Take a breath!
(i’m quietly happy he stanning hard for Barrett tho)
This team plays incredibly hard, don’t they?
That was hilarious. It’s tough to be a cheerleader for a team that has stunk, so he’s probably got a lot of pent up energy to put behind someone. And that someone was RJ.
Thibs: “Berman bringing the sunshine.” Love that he called him out.
HAHA you just beat me to it!
Subtle but not that subtle shade. Good for you, Tom. Good for you.
What’s the story with Thibs putting Frank in for 4-5 seconds?
Isn’t that kind of insulting in a way? If they absolutely needed his defense for 1 play I guess it would be OK, but the games are over.
It was fun! I brought my 24yo daughter who was great company. She fell in love with Nerlens!
You mean Crab Hands.
Hmm, the fact that I used to call him Butter Stumps is suddenly making me strangely hungry…
Don’t knock it because we won both games 🙂
When the other teams top priority is “not Julius”, it’s going to be difficult for him. Teams have now realized that, unlike last year, he can shoot threes.
It is really unbelievable how bad Noel’s hands are when he’s such an incredible defender. It’s like he can use them for everything on a basketball court except catch the ball on offense