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- When the Toronto Raptors (23-33) visited the New York Knicks (32-19) last Wednesday, both teams’ respective leading scorers led their teams in shooting futility. While the Raptors won 92-88, Rudy Gay shot 4-for-21, and Carmelo Anthony went 5-for-24. The Knicks are on a three-game losing streak, which started against Toronto prior to the All-Star break. They lost soundly, 125-91 at Indiana on Wednesday and are looking to avoid making it a fourth in a row, which would be a season high.
- The Raptors are looking to rebound after a 88-82 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, on Wednesday as Gay squared off against his old team. Landry Fields will be inserted into the starting lineup in place of Amir Johnson to match up against Anthony. Raptors Coach Dwane Casey utilized the same strategy in the previous matchup.
- Neither team made significant moves surrounding the NBA trade deadline on Thursday. The Raptors acquired point guard Sebastian Telfair from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for center Hamed Haddadi, while the Knicks traded Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City for a second round pick. New York also picked up forward Kenyon Martin to bolster their front court.
– Duane Watson