NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (21-35) at New York Knicks (22-31), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of Atlantic Division rivals square off tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the re-tooled New York Knicks will host the Toronto Raptors.
Hoping to make a run at a postseason berth, Knicks president Donnie Walsh made a pair of moves at the trading deadline on Thursday. He sent Tim Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson to Chicago for Larry Hughes and acquired Chris Wilcox from Oklahoma City for Malik Rose.
The disgruntled Hughes was averaging 12.0 points in 30 games with the Bulls but hasn't played since January 12, while Wilcox was averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 37 games with the Thunder.
It's not known if the new acquisitions will be available tonight as the Knicks try for their second win this month while closing out a brief two-game homestand. New York ended an 0-6 start to February with a 112-107 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday at MSG, as All-Star slam dunk champion Nate Robinson scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead New York in the hard-fought triumph.
Robinson finished with 32 points and a career high-tying 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a season high-tying six-game losing streak. Wilson Chandler and Chris Duhon scored 17 points apiece, while Al Harrington had 11 points and 10 boards in the win.
New York's David Lee recorded his 17th double-double in a row and 42nd of the season with 13 points and 12 boards for the victors.
Even with a few new faces on the roster, the Raptors are still struggling. They lost for the seventh time in their last nine tries following Wednesday's 93-76 loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Air Canada Centre. James narrowly missed a triple-double, recording 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lead the Cavaliers.
New Raptor Shawn Marion had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in his debut, but Toronto had a two-game win streak stopped. Marion was traded from Miami to Toronto last Friday, with the Heat obtaining center Jermaine O'Neal and forward Jamario Moon. Marcus Banks, who was also sent to Toronto, had four points Wednesday in his first game as a Raptor.
Toronto is still without All-Star forward Chris Bosh, who missed his fifth straight game with a sprained right knee. Bosh is likely to return to action tonight, however.
The Raptors are 11-19 away from Canada this season and are playing New York for the first time this season. Toronto has won three of four meetings against the Knicks in each of the past four years, but has lost in 11 of 15 and 12 of its last 18 trips to the Big Apple.
These teams will conclude a home-and-home series Sunday at the Air Canada Centre.
02/20 10:39:03 ET