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Daily Raptor Dish - 06.12.10
Raps can't handle Knicks
Knicks' offence overwhelms Raptors
Early in the first quarter on Sunday afternoon, the New York Knicks went on a 8-0 run to grab a 21-10 lead on the shell-shocked Raptors when referee Courtney Kirkland called a questionable foul on Sonny Weems.
The foul resulted in two successful free throws by Knicks guard Landry Fields and a 23-10 New York lead.
As the play moved to the Toronto end of the court, Kirkland ran past the Raptors bench and shouted to Raptors coach Jay Triano, “I messed up babe.”
Give the man points for being honest.
But in the big scheme of things, it was the Raptors who messed up, allowing the Knicks to run and shoot with virtual impunity in front of 16,891 at the Air Canada Centre. The visiting Knicks shot 49% from the floor and 44% from the three-point line (12-for-27) to hammer the Raptors 116-99.
“When that team shoots (44%) from the three-point line, they win,” Triano said of the red-shot Knicks, who are now 9-4 on the road this year after going 11-30 away from Madison Square Garden last season. “We tried to get them off the three-point line, we didn’t do it.”
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Raptors and wasted a great effort by Raptors forward Amir Johnson, who recorded a career high 16 rebounds along with a season-high 22 points, as well as three steals and two blocked shots.
Stoudemire scores 31 as Knicks easily down Raptors
The New York Knicks run one of the toughest offences to stop in the entire league and the Raptors had no answers for it on Sunday.
The Knicks space the floor very well leading to a ton of open shots.
The team in blue was allowed to stand in the corners and shoot open threes for most of the afternoon and when Toronto tried to close in on the gunners faster, the result was a host of dunks by the likes of Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Amare Stoudemire.
New York nailed 12-of-27 attempts from three, missed only three free throws in 21 attempts and benefited from a horrific 11-of-22 performance by the home side from the stripe.
Toronto came out of the gate flat, allowing the Knicks to run up a 19-10 lead on 63.6% shooting. By the end of the first quarter, the lead had bulged to 33-18 thanks to four made threes by the Knicks.
Raptors head coach Jay Triano said the missed shots on one end and the clean looks allowed on the other wasn’t due to a lack of effort.
“Did it look like we weren’t trying?” asked Triano.
“We had eight-foot jump shots and we missed them ... we shoot 50% from the line and we’re in the top half of the league in free throw shooting going in.
“Our guys played hard, we just didn’t play very well.”
Indeed, stopping the Knicks takes good basketball smarts along with effort, and hoops IQ was largely lacking on this day for the home side. Plus, the Knicks just had it going.
Knicks' Stoudemire leads rout of Raptors
The numbers are grotesque:
Sonny Weems: 2-for-8, four points, three rebounds, three turnovers.
Leandro Barbosa: 1-for-9, three points, no injection of speed.
Linas Kleiza: 0-for-2, scoreless, three boards, two turnovers.
DeMar DeRozan: 4-for-12, 12 points, zero rebounds.
And they only told half the tale, if that.
The wings simply couldn’t defend against the Knicks pick-and-roll offence, coming too late to stop Amare Stoudemire from going off for 31 points and recovering too slowly to get out on New York’s perimeter shooters as the Knicks made 12 of 27 three-point attempts.
“We didn’t do a very good job running them off the three-point line,” said Triano. “We just didn’t do a very good job covering them on the perimeter.”
Teachers' CEO: No offer made for MLSE
The afternoon was waning, and the home team’s locker room at Air Canada Centre was strewn with sweaty socks and shoes on Sunday when teasing voices called across the room to each other.
“Shuddup,” Sonny Weems said as he pulled a black hoodie over his head.
“What you talking about?” a grinning Joey Dorsey responded, shirtless in a chair.
“No, you crazy.”
Some 20 minutes had passed since the New York Knicks had whipped the Toronto Raptors 116-99, but there was no tossing of chairs or pouting by the losing squad, at least in front of the cameras. This light banter between the two, followed by a little singing and more jokes, centred on the previous night out at Real Sports Bar and Grill, the destination for sports entertainment in downtown Toronto.
The victory, fuelled by power forward Amar’e Stoudemire’s 31 points, was New York’s seventh straight on the road.
Raptors can't build on positive results
We have not received an offer for Maple Leaf Sports” from Rogers or any other bidder, Leech told the Globe and Mail in an interview.
The Toronto Star reported on Wednesday that Rogers had offered $1.3 billion for Teachers 66-per-cent share of the business. The Globe reported on Thursday that Teachers asking price is $1.5 billion and that the fund, while open to offers, is not actively shopping its interest.
“We are not anxious to sell it -- and never have been,” Mr. Leech said of MLSE, which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, professional soccer’s Toronto FC and the Air Canada Centre, among other assets.
The idea that Teachers’ MLSE interest is for sale isn’t outlandish. The massive pension fund is in the business of maximizing its returns, so if the price was right, a sale could be had. But that is true of any of Teachers’ holdings, Leech said.
“With any asset....we’ll go through an analysis of, are we better to hold? Do we see more value creation versus some other [investment] alternative?”
In the meantime MLSE, in the eyes of Teachers executives, is far from a spent asset offering little in the way of long-term growth, Leech suggested. There have been big gains in a business that Teachers first bought into in 1994.
“Maple Leaf Sports started with a hockey team and an old antique arena on Carlton Street and it’s a much larger enterprise now, and that doesn’t mean it can’t continue to grow,” he said.
“It's kind of irrelevant to us what the past returns are. What's relevant is what the future returns will be, and will they meet the obligations [to pay pensions] to teachers?”
Stoudemire and Knicks bomb Raptors
For a good chunk of the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano ran two 6-foot-3 players out on the floor together.
Point guards Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless, indeed, shared a lot of time together on the court. For a period in the frame, another player standing exactly as tall (or so says the official guide), Leandro Barbosa, was on the floor with them. It was an unorthodox look for the Raptors.
“Find a wing that could play in this game,” Triano reasoned.
That proved confounding. As the Knicks beat the Raptors 116-99, the Raptors’ four swingmen delivered poor performances. There was just no recovering from that.
Statistics rarely lie. Starters Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan, along with reserves Linas Kleiza and Leandro Barbosa combined to shoot 7-for-27 from the floor for just 19 points.
The Knicks’ Wilson Chandler, nominally New York’s power forward, but really just another wing player, had 21 by himself. New York hit 12 three-pointers, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from Shawne Williams. The Raptors were slow to get out on the Knicks’ shooters all afternoon. Amar’e Stoudemire, who scored 31 points and pulled in 16 rebounds, warrants attention inside, but Toronto’s defence was not good enough anywhere.
Amar'e Stoudemire scores 31 points as Knicks beat Raptors 116-99, win seventh straight on road
"To beat a team like [New York], we need to have our guys playing a lot better than they did today," Toronto coach Jay Triano said. "You can go through the list and see who didn't play well for us.
"When your list is that long, you're not going to beat the better teams, and this is one of the best teams in the NBA right now."
No one should question Amar'e Stoudemire's value to the Knicks, and yet that's exactly what some fans here did in the fourth quarter by chanting "over-rated" when Stoudemire stood at the foul line.
Apparently, news of the Knicks' resurgence, led by Stoudemire, has not reached Canada.
"Amare's got broad shoulders," Mike D'Antoni said, "and we jump on them a lot of times."
Stoudemire is the Knicks' most dominant big man since Patrick Ewing and now he is trying to make their record reflect that. The All-Star power forward scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Knicks outclassed the Raptors, winning, 116-99, Sunday for their seventh straight road victory.
The Knicks hadn't won seven consecutive road games since 1994-95 when Pat Riley was the coach. More important, their 12-9 record marks the first time the Knicks have been three games over .500 since the 2004-05 season when Lenny Wilkens was coach.
It was at that point in the season when Stephon Marbury declared that he was the best point guard in the NBA and the Knicks haven't been heard from again until now. These days, they have a legitimate superstar who shares Marbury's bravado but also backs it up.
"There's times when you need to be aggressive and times when you need to take over," Stoudemire said matter-of-factly. "I felt the fourth quarter was a time to be dominant."