Raptors Pick up Easy Win Over Lowly Knicks as Playoffs Near
Led by a 31 outburst for Most Improved Player favourite Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors had one of their easier nights at the office on Thursday night when they took on the lowly New York Knicks.
With OG Anunoby out with concussion-like symptoms and Kawhi Leonard inactive due to the infamous load management, the Raptors blew past the Knicks by a score of 117-92.
Five more Raptors finished the night in double figures, including Serge Ibaka who picked up a double-double off the bench, and Jeremy Lin who had a much-needed bounce back game with 12 points (on 4-of-8 shooting), five boards, and five assists.
The Raptors now sit at 53-23, four games away from the Milwaukee Bucks for first in the Eastern Conference with just six games remaining on the season. It is difficult to imagine the Raptors moving from the second seed, with the only thing realistically left to be determined is their first round opponent. The Brooklyn Nets currently occupy the seven seed, but they trail the six-seed Detroit Pistons by half a game. The Miami Heat are just 0.5 games away from the Nets as well, while the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets are not too far behind.
Next up for the Raptors is a bout with the Chicago Bulls on Saturday evening. The Raptors recently beat the Bulls by a score of 112-103 on Tuesday night.