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Game Preview: Knicks at Raptors- 01/22/23

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsHere we go again. Mitchell Robinson's recent injury is the primary reason we got smacked in the paint and on..

Game Preview: Knicks at Raptors- 01/22/23

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Here we go again.
Mitchell Robinson's recent injury is the primary reason we got smacked in the paint and on second-chance points last game against the Hawks. But, as a Tom Thibodeau-coached team, we should have the defensive insight and discipline to maintain our identity and effort without Robinson. Thibs is a defensive maestro, right? The Hawks were only 19th in offensive rating, and the Knicks, without Mitchell but still possessing many great defensive players and a supposed defensive maestro, let them score 139 points on them. I’m calling it now, the dreadful, annoying as-hell Thibs simps will be blaming the Robinson injury when the losses begin to pile up over the next few weeks when we go through a brutal stretch against many great teams.

But look closer, and you’ll discover the Robinson injury matter a whole hell of a lot, but it’s one of many reasons the Knicks' defense will begin to crumble henceforth. Thibs plays an outdated mode of defense, relying on the center position to clean up what the perimeter players miss on rotations, relying way too much on Robinson to bail them out. With him gone, the Hawks feasted on the Knicks' failed drop-coverage scheme, allowing the Hawks 14 offensive rebounds and 23 second-chance points. Going into this game, Thibodeau has a 1-13 record when trailing at the half. This stat reveals mainly that he is either unable to adjust his schemes to match what the opposing team is giving him or is too arrogant in his ways. Either way, it's exhausted his players and fanbase alike, watching this team blow leads and falter late for soul-crushing losses.

While the Toronto Raptors are experiencing their own up and down season (20-27), they’re built the exact opposite of the Knicks. The roster is filled with length, athleticism, and ball-handling, with head coach Nick Nurse, often employing four stretch wings and Fred VanVleet at the point. It has given the Knicks fits since Thibodeau has been at the helm, with the two teams often enduring close slugfest, with the Raptors usually getting the better of the Knicks. With Robinson out for a few weeks, this game is the start of a brutal stretch for the Knicks, where they will face Eastern Conference powerhouses Cavaliers, Celtics, and Nets, then the Lakers, Heat, Clippers, and 76ers. Oof. They need this one badly.

Tip-off’s at 6 p.m. EST.

Fred VanVleet (6’1”, 197 lb.) has struggled this season. His shot selection and shooting efficiency have taken a tumble, with his teammates often looking visibly disgusted at some of the shots he’s heaved up. Except against the Knicks, that is. In the two teams' last matchup on Jan. 16, the guard had 33 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. He has been Jalen Brunson’s kryptonite in many ways. He can match his footwork, upper body strength, and bully-ball playing style as mirror images. There is, perhaps, no matchup for Brunson more intriguing, and a better test, than VanVleet. And the winner typically determines the game.

In his second season, Scottie Barnes (6’9”, 227 lb.) has been mired in a dreadful sophomore slump with a field goal percentage of 46.2%, a three-point percentage of 28.8%, and a 2.7 win share rating. The Raptors are built around Barnes's strengths and weaknesses, and his matchup with Quentin Grimes will be another one to watch, as the two were both drafted last year in wildly different positions (Barnes was taken fourth, Grimes 25th), but both are the future of their team as a lethal 3-and-D prototype with high ceiling.

With trade season heating up, OG Anunoby (6’7”, 232 lb.) is one of the hottest names on the block. The former 23rd pick in the 2017 draft averages 17.5 points and 5.8 rebounds on 52.3% eFG. He is one of the best three and d players in the league, with many contenders looking at him as a trade option as their third or perhaps second offensive option. He and RJ Barrett are on similar trajectories and possess many of the same positives. OG is more disciplined on defense, with Barrett capable of more offensive explosions. Still, both seem on the precipice of something special as guys developing incrementally but steadily each season.

The engine of the Raptors' offense is Pascal Siakam (6’9”, 230 lb.), who is having an All-NBA season at 25.1 ppg, 8.2 RPG, and 6.4 APG. With Siakam playing this well, and the Raptors possessing a modern roster of stretchy, two-way wings, they are perhaps the most disappointing team this season. But none of the blame for the under-achieving year should be on Siakam, who will be matched up against another second option masquerading as a first in Julus Randle. That is not meant to be a diss. Both are special players but would be better suited in a secondary role, where they would truly feast. Both are having the best years of their career and deserve end-of-year accolades. It should be another battle between the two forwards, who will be fighting not only for a win today but a spot on the All-Star and All-NBA lists this season.

With Robinson out with a sprained thumb, expect second-year stud Jericho Sims to start again, a move that shocked most who expected Isaiah Hartenstein to get the nod. That Sims went from out of the rotation completely to starting shows just how loose Thibs plays with the rotation, signaling to us all he doesn't have a grasp on the strengths and weaknesses of this roster nor a solid philosophy in place for minute distribution. Sims should have his way on the glass, as the Raptors tend to play without a traditional big, with gritty but under-sized Precious Achiuwa (6’8”, 203 lb.) manning the five.

The next few weeks are bound to be brutal. Through it all, you can guarantee Thibs interns, simps, and lemmings will continue to carry water for the curmudgeon dinosaur, defending his lapses and lost leads with phrases like “Thibs has forgotten more about basketball than you’ll ever know.” It’s unbearable. To make it worse, Thibs is going nowhere. He is the best friend, former client, and daddy's boy to Leon Rose, who is at the helm of the Knicks front office. Thibodeau was his splashiest signing. To fire him would be terrible optics and a clear signal that Rose hired the wrong man to lead this team to the promised land. Like it or not, Thibs is here to stay, as is his iso-heavy offense, drop-coverage defense, and 40-plus minute game logs for his starters. Pray for our kids—raptors by single digits.

Scotiabank Arena. Toronto Friday. 6 p.m. ET. Deja vu!

By: Lee Escobedo
Title: Game Preview: Knicks at Raptors- 01/22/23
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Published Date: 01-22-2023

Frequently Asked Questions

When did the Raptors beat Chicago Bulls at the ABA?

The Raptors defeated Chicago Bulls (who would win the NBA Championship the following year) on March 24, 1996. Final score was 109-108. Michael Jordan tried to win for the Bulls with a last-minute shot but it didn't matter because it came after the final buzzer had sounded.

How was the first year of existence for the Toronto Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors' first season in the NBA was a difficult one. Brendan Malone was hired as the head coach and Isiah THOMAS became GM. In 1995, the Raptors were established. Many talented players were drafted and traded for. The Raptors defeated the Chicago Bulls once in that season but finished the season with a 21-61 record.

In 1996, Toronto drafted Marcus Camby, who became Rookie of the Year and formed part of the starting line-up with Alvin Williams at point guard. Damon Stoudamire was traded in 1997. Toronto continued to make roster changes as it sought to establish a foundation for future success.

Despite all of these changes, the team struggled through its first few seasons in NBA. Toronto finally made it to the playoffs in 2000 after a period for rebuilding and transition. Unfortunately, the New York Knicks won the series.

What was the Toronto Raptors first season?

The Toronto Raptors' debut season was a disaster, with only 21 wins. 1995-1996 was the inaugural season for the Toronto Raptors in National Basketball Association (NBA). Along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, the Raptors were also one of the expansion teams that joined that league. It was also the first NBA season played outside the United States.

Isiah Tom, an All Star point guard and a Detroit Pistons legend was named the team's general manager. He helped with the draft, which yielded Damon Stoudamire, who would go on to win Rookie of the Year. In separate trades, they also acquired Tracy Murray as well as Oliver Miller. Thomas introduced a new primary emblem featuring a dinosaur playing ball and pinstripe uniforms sporting the logo on the front. The Raptors added purple, and red to their new color scheme.

The Raptors' debut under new head coach Brendan Malone on November 3 ended in a victory against the New Jersey Nets at the SkyDome, but they lost their next seven games.

Murray was second in scoring with 16.2 points per game. He also led the team with 151 three point field goals. Miller was the team's leading scorer with 12.9 points and 7.4 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.9 block per game. Robertson had 9.3 points and 4.4rebounds as well as four assists and two steals each game.

Despite having the worst attendance record in the league they still managed to attract over 17283 fans per match at SkyDome (now Rogers Centre).

When was the Raptors first ever playoff win?

Toronto defeated New York 3-2 in their first playoff series. They advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals under Lenny Wilkens, for the first time in franchise history.

What's the name of Toronto Raptors mascot?"

The Toronto Raptors are an NBA franchise founded in 1995. They play at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors' mascot is Raptor, a giant red dinosaur. Raptor first appeared in 1995. Raptor also appears at community events and charity events throughout Toronto. In 2019, he received the NBA Mascot of the Year award for his many years of service to the Raptors organization. Raptor is a well-known figure in Toronto, as well as around the NBA. This makes him one of professional sports' most popular mascots. He has also become an international symbol of Canada's basketball fandom.

Many throughout the city and country share Raptor's enthusiasm for his team and its fans. Raptor has led the Raptors to become one of the most successful NBA teams, winning their first title in 2019. This was a major milestone for basketball lovers in Canada and Toronto. Raptor will continue to be a source pride for all Raptors members. There will be plenty of Raptors pride as long as he's around. Long live the Raptor. Go, Toronto Raptors!

Why did NBA leave Vancouver?

The dispute with Vancouver City Council over arena financing led to NBA leaving Vancouver. The City planned to provide $40 million for the construction of a new arena that would feature 12 luxury suites and two restaurants. To pay down existing debt, the City Council wanted the $60 million taxpayer money that the City Council would give to the team owner. This would mean that the city would have needed to borrow $200m to build the arena. The team owners had to only pay $20 million. This would leave the city's taxpayers responsible for the repayment of the remaining loan.

The City Council indicated that they would approve the plan if Rogers Arena was allowed to remain until the new facility is opened. The league, however, refused to accept the plan. They claimed that the arena was not large enough. It was too small for them to continue playing there. They felt that asking them to play in a smaller venue was unfair, especially since they weren't making any additional revenue.

The City Council then asked the province to step in and help out by offering financial assistance. Although the province was willing to donate $150 million, the City Council still needed additional $100 million. That's when the City decided to drop its plans and focus on building a new downtown arena instead.


  • By 2018, estimated the Raptors were worth $1.4 billion, 12th in the NBA. (
  • This improved during the 2006–07 regular season to an average of 18,258 fans (13th in the league), 92.2 percent capacity at the Air Canada Centre. (
  • Thomas named Raptors' GM NBA superstar to have 10% stake in the new franchise". (
  • In November of the 1996–97 season, Bitove sold his ownership interest in the team to Slaight for $65 million after Slaight had activated a shotgun clause in their partnership agreement,[32][33] giving Slaight 79 percent control of the team, [34] (
  • Thomas named Raptors' GM NBA superstar to have 10% stake in the new franchise". (

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