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- Friday night is the first of a home-and-home series with the Toronto Raptors (26-42) and the New York Knicks (40-26), at Air Canada Centre. The Knicks need every win at this stage of the season to solidify their position within the Eastern Conference standings.
- Carmelo Anthony returned to action in a 106-94 over Orlando. He previously missed three games after his right knee was drained. He bounced back and scored 21 points on Wednesday.
- The Knicks are suffering from a number of injuries in their front court, with Tyson Chandler suffering from a bulging disc in his neck, Kurt Thomas‘ stress fracture in his right foot, Amar’e Stoudamire’s knee surgery and Rasheed Wallace’s season-ending foot surgery.
- The Raptors have lost 10 of their last 14, including the last two games, recently falling 107-101 to Charlotte on Wednesday. However, Toronto has the edge on the season series vs. New York (2-0) and have won the last three in a row. Head Coach Dwane Casey inserted Landry Fields into the starting lineup Friday night to match up against Anthony.
- “You got to show him different looks. He’s playing at such a high level since coming over. You got to show him some different looks. We might have to double him some. We just got to gauge it and see how he’s playing.”
– Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson on defending Rudy Gay, who scored a season-high 32 points against them in February.
– Duane Watson