Raptors 'hopeful' Marc Gasol will play Saturday

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 11, 2019

The Raptors went into Madison Square Garden and handed the Knicks a 104-99 defeat, which dropped NY to a league-worst 10-45 overall on the season.

For those chomping at the bit to see the man in some Raptors threads, here you go. The three-time All-Star entered late in the first quarter and made a hook shot on his first try. Danny Green scored 14 points and sank three straight 3-pointers in the fourth for Toronto.

Serge Ibaka registered a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) for the Raptors, who have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference (41-16) and have won four consecutive games.

After Leonard opened the game with a 3-pointer, the Knicks scored the next 14 points.

NY closed to 91-90 on a 3-pointer from rookie Kadeem Allen with 5 minutes left.

The Knicks have cap room for two max players this July.

And when pressed, Leonard added: "I want to focus on this season".

He talked about the vivacious Garden crowd, which cheered him during pregame intros after which he had an off night - shooting 4-of-15 for 11 points in a 104-99 Raptors win.

Leonard spent some time in the NY area a year ago away from the Spurs while rehabbing.

"They still come out and support the team even with a losing record, " said Leonard, whose uncle joined him in Toronto.

Scariolo will definitely play a big role in Gasol's transitional period with so little practice dates left and 25 games remaining in the regular season before the playoffs start. "That's the only way I know how to play - dedicating yourself to the game, to the city, to the fans".

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