Saturday April 4 2009 – 3:35pm Eastern (New York, NY)

Raptors @ Knicks

Final Score:
102-95, Raptors

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
8 points
* He and Joey Graham led the charge from a solid second-unit effort today

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
23 points
7 rebounds
2 assists
4 blocks
2 steals
8/19 FG
4/4 FT

Shout-out to the Knicks:
22 points
5 assists
3 rebounds
8/14 FG
6/6 FT

Stats and Notes that stood out:
- The Raptors are now 26-9 when carrying a lead into the 4TH quarter
- Toronto AGAIN out-rebounds an opponent (47-44 vs NYK)
- Toronto has now won 6 in a row for the first time since the 47-win season two years ago
- Balanced attack again – with 5 players in double-figures for the Raptors (Marion, Bosh, Bargs, Parker, Calderon)
- Marion and Bosh with double-doubles (12 points / 13 rebounds for Marion … 17 points / 13 rebounds for Bosh)

Thumbs Up:
- Defense.  While the Raps gave up 45+ per cent to the Knicks, they chipped away all day and managed to capitalize on almost every turnover the Knicks coughed-up (22 points on 16 turnovers) 

Thumbs Down:
- The offense sputtered.  Toronto just 38/95 FG (40%)

Smith says:
- “The D was the key for Toronto today.  The Raps turned the game around the 3RD quarter and ripped momentum away from the Knicks.  This was a big road win – despite how much New York has struggled of late.”

Jones says:
- “Efficient game by Bargnani today.  He made big plays without the ball.”

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 9 of 24 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Knicks @ Raptors
– Sunday April 5 2009
- Tune in at 5:30pm for the pre-game show and just after 6:00pm Eastern for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

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10 Responses to “Raps Extend Streak To 6 In NYC”
  1. 1.

    Although I understand and agree with the sentiment, I really don’t care anymore if it’s “too little too late”.

    It just feels nice to be playing good ball, finish the season off strong and then remember that major changes are still coming/needed in the off season.

    -be watching tomorrow.

    - Gary
  2. 2.

    Great game not going to get good draft pick BUT, Bryran.C said that there will be some moves in the off-season.

    - Raps Fan
  3. 3.

    Well would have thought?? 6 in a row! I’ve asked, what is up with Nate’s hair? I have to agree with CB’s tweet! Does anyone own a Dolorean with a flux capasitator?? Good stretch to end the season until they crap out and we want everyone fired including the “Chicken”! Not to throw anyone under the bus, but those that think Jonesy or Eric are not objective should listen to TFC broadcast on the FAN590, no disrespect but that was a complete homer session!

    - Lanny from Whitby
  4. 4.

    I have a question for you brento, I disagree with your statement that Bosh will never lead the Raptors far. I couldn’t agree with statement. What Toronto needs is a second scoring option that can complement Bosh. Look at some of the great players in nba, Kevin Garnett while he was in Minnesota didn’t have a good supporting cast until he got traded to Boston where he was joined by a supporting cast of Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Lebron James, probably the best player in the league right now, didn’t have a second scoring option before this season started and the Cavs traded for Mo Williams to get their second scoring option. Likewise in Denver, since Carmelo Anthony been there, they never went past the first round of the playoffs. Does this mean Carmelo Anthony a bad player? No. Now they got Chauncey Billups and they now just might go far into the playoffs. What Im trying to say is that you need 2 or 3 nba stars that can take you into the playoffs.

    - andrew
  5. 5.

    It really can pay off to keep the faith!

    NIce to see the Raps playing like we knew they SHOULD have played all year!
    At least we can close out with a bang!

    - Andrea
  6. 6.

    I totally agree with you andrew!

    I was thinking we need a guy like
    -Iverson or
    -Ben Gorden or
    -Kevin Martin in a trade!

    - Raps Fan
  7. 7.

    Andrew…I don’t really have a problem with Bosh. He’s a nice player.

    But, top tier teams cannot be built around skinny power forwards…especially those who will possibly be leaving for free agency in a year.

    Keep in mind that the salary cap plays a critical role in determining Chris Bosh’s fate in Toronto. If we pay him the max, and give him max years, he MUST be our focal point for the duration of his contract.

    If this happens, this team will never pose much of a playoff threat. With 9 million (yikes!) already committed to Jose Calderon, and a bucket load waiting to be given to Andrea Bargnani…what you see is what you get.

    And that’s likely not going to be enough.

    Bosh. Bargnani. Calderon.

    Throw in a guy like Ben Gordon and expect them to crack the top 3? No chance.

    In order for Bosh to truly excel, he needs a superstar guard/small forward beside him. In Toronto, with our current obligations to Jose and Andrea (assuming he signs another contract), that will happen.

    So for all you dreamers out there (ie. Raps Fan) — don’t go spending your life savings on Raptors tickets, expecting a deep playoff run. With the eastern conference steadily improving, and teams like Detroit always heavily pressured by fans to rapidly improve (unlike Toronto fans), this team isn’t going anywhere too fast.

    And, let me make it clear, I am not happy about it.

    - brento
  8. 8.

    Woops…that should read “with our current obligations to Jose and Andrea, that will NOT happen!”.

    Mods, feel free to edit the error…thanks.

    - brento
  9. 9.

    Andrew….I guess you watch the KG Journey. Now you see what it relates to Bosh. Bargnani ain’t gonna be that guy.

    - BOJACK
  10. 10.

    I agree with you Brento. Which team these days builds a team around a four spot player. Teams Probably would ir the 4 was as dominant as Shaq or Howard otherwise who demand double and triple teams and make the game easier for players around them. Otherwise the obvious trend in the nba is to build around a slasher at the two. The last time the raptors decided to build around a two good things happend. Colangelo needs to take a page out of Grunwalds book.

    - Thomas
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