5:00 PM ET | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TV: MSG Network
Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM
1. On Thursday night, a shorthanded Knicks group fell to a Raptors 113-88 in Toronto. One of a league’s hottest teams showed a strength and abyss by tying a descent capability from a highway team. Toronto’s dais total to measure 61 points as a Raptors softened to 23-4 on their home floor. Michael Beasley led New York in scoring with 21 points, Trey Burke combined 12 off a pine, and Jarrett Jack finished with 10 points.
2. As mentioned above, a Knicks were blank pivotal players in a starting lineup for Thursday’s lean opposite a Raptors. Ron Baker and Kristaps Porzingis are out for a deteriorate and Enes Kanter was sidelined due to verbal surgery. Kanter will lapse to a lineup for a diversion opposite Indiana.
3. Head manager Jeff Hornacek pronounced newly acquired indicate ensure Emmanuel Mudiay will be accessible for a matchup opposite a Pacers tonight. On Thursday, Mudiay was acquired in a three-team understanding that sent brazen Doug McDermott to Dallas. Mudiay binds career averages of 11.1 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 25.6 mins of justice time. In a 2016 Rising Stars game, Mudiay exploded for 30 points and 10 assists while personification subsequent to Porzingis in a starting lineup. The indicate ensure was also named to a 2015-16 All NBA Rookie Second Team.
4. A splendid mark in Thursday’s diversion was a opening of rookie Luke Kornet. New York brought Kornet adult from a Westchester G League group as partial of a Two-Way contract. Kornet looked gentle on a NBA theatre by induction 11 points and 10 rebounds in 22 mins of action. The 7-foooter strike 4-of-9 shots from a building and 3 buckets from a arc to interpretation his Knicks debut.
5. New York and Indiana conduct into a rubber compare of a deteriorate array tonight during Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In a initial meeting, a Knicks battled behind from a 19-point necessity to invert a Pacers 108-101 during Madison Square Garden. Indiana answered in a second competition with a 115-97 feat on a home floor. The Pacers only knocked off a Celtics on Friday night to urge to 31-25 on a season. While Indiana is blank Darren Collison (knee injury), a group has won 5 a final 7 games. The Pacers enter tonight’s competition as one of a many fit sharpened teams in a joining with an descent rating of 108.1 and a third-best margin idea commission in a NBA. Both teams will strike a highway following a competition with New York streamer to Philadelphia and Indiana roving to Brooklyn to face a Nets.