75 years ago the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knicks in the NBA's first-ever game.
75 years later, the Raptors will travel to New York to take on the Knicks in celebration of that historic game. It's too bad the game couldn't have been played at the old Maple Leaf Gardens (Mattamy Athletic Centre), which would've been cool, to say the least. You could've watched a basketball game and at halftime gotten your groceries done, talk about a one-stop-shop!
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Anyway, the Knicks and Raptors in early 2021-22 is a marquee divisional matchup. The Knicks may be the hottest team in the NBA and the Raptors are slowly finding their confidence even without their All-Star Pascal Siakam who, according to reports, is getting closer to making his season debut.
Toronto is coming off a close 97-94 win over the Pacers on Saturday, where Scottie Barnes was once again the talk of the town.
Barnes finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. He came alive in the fourth quarter scoring 11 of his 21 points in the frame and pulling down a team-high five boards in the quarter.
Confidence on a hundred thousand, trillion pic.twitter.com/MBtDRTvkcq- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 31, 2021
A reminder that he's only played seven professional regular-season games. And he's also only 20 years old. Let that sink in Raptor fans.
Barnes, however, was first listed as questionable and has been since downgraded to doubtful ahead of Monday's game.
The Knicks have had plenty to smile about themselves. They seemed to have solved their main issues from a season ago, according to NBA.com's Kyle Irving. While the Knicks became a great defensive team last season, their offence left a lot to be desired. This season, they've turned that around with the offseason additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. New York currently boasts the second-best offensive rating in the league heading into Monday's game.
A good Knicks' offence against a good Raptors defence - styles make fights. It should be a good one at MSG.
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Oh yeah, let's not forget, RJ Barrett will be coming off a career night in New Orleans. Barrett could have been lost in the sauce with Walker and Fournier in the mix, but the Canadian has found a way to contribute on both ends of the floor. He's been a large part of the reason why the Knicks are 5-1.
What channel is Raptors vs. Knicks on?
- TV channel: TSN (Canada), MSG, MSG Plus, NBA TV (USA)
- Radio: TSN Radio 1050
Hopefully, Matt Devlin got himself some hot tea and Fisherman's Friend. He'll be on the call with Jack Armstrong over on TSN. Catch the game on radio on TSN Radio 1050.
What time does Raptors vs. Knicks start?
- Date: Monday, Nov. 1
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
Raptors vs. Knicks is scheduled to tip just after at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 1. The game will be played at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.
Is Pascal Siakam playing? Raptors vs. Knicks Injury Report
Pascal Siakam is still out recovering from his left shoulder injury for Monday's game against the Knicks, but the focus in Raptor land switches to rookie Scottie Barnes. Barnes has been deemed doubtful for Monday's game against the Knicks with a right thumb sprain. The rookie has been a pleasant surprise for the Raptors on both ends of the floor. Toronto is hoping its rookie won't be out for long.
(Injury Report: 11/01/21 12:30 PM)
|Raptors||Scottie Barnes||Doubtful||Injury/Illness - Right Thumb; Sprain|
|David Johnson||Out||G League - Two-Way|
|Pascal Siakam||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Shoulder; Injury recovery|
|Yuta Watanabe||Out||Injury/Illness - Left Calf; Strain|
|Knicks||Nerlens Noel||Questionable||Injury/Illness - Left Knee; Sore|
|Luka Samanic||Out||G League - Two-Way|
Raptors Next Five Games
|DATE||OPP||TIME / TV||VENUE|
|Nov 1, 2021||@ Knicks||7:30 pm||Madison Square Garden|
|Nov 3, 2021||@ Wizards||7:00 pm||Capital One Arena|
|Nov 5, 2021||vs. Cavs||7:30 pm||Scotiabank Arena|
|Nov 7, 2021||vs. Nets||3:30 pm||Scotiabank Arena|
|Nov 10, 2021||@ Celtics||7:30 pm||TD Garden|
*All times are ET
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NBA 75: Fast facts on the first game in NBA history
New York Knicks 68, Toronto Huskies 66
Knicks leading scorer: Leo Gottlieb - 14 points on six shots
Huskies leading scorer: Ed Sadowski - 18 points on 8 shots
- This was the first game in NBA history.
- The only statistics recorded for this game were points, field goals made, free throws made, free throw attempts and personal fouls.
- The game was played at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
- Each team had two players score double figures, with Ossie Schectman's 11 points joining Gottlieb for the Knicks and George Nostrand's 16 points joining Sadowski for the Huskies.
- Sadowski - the Huskies' best player and head coach - fouled out of the game.
- Free throw shooting killed the Huskies, going 16-for-29 (55.2%) from the line in a game they lost by two points.
- Sadowski and Nostrand - the Huskies' two leading scorers - combined to go 4-for-13 from the free throw line.
Other general notes about the Huskies' inaugural season:
- This was the one and only season for the Toronto Huskies' franchise.
- After just 10 games, Sadowski was traded from the Huskies to the Cleveland Rebels, also ending his tenure as the first coach in Toronto franchise history. He averaged 16.5 points per game for the season. The following year, he joined the Boston Celtics and averaged a career-high 19.4 points per game.
- The Huskies finished with a 22-38 record in 1946-47, going through four different head coaches.
- Two of the head coaches - Sadowski and Dick Fitzgerald - played for the team.
- After Sadowski was traded, team general manager Lew Hayman - a Canadian Football League icon - took over as head coach for one game.
- Robert Rolfe, a famous baseball player and World Series champion for the New York Yankees at the time, took over as the Huskies head coach thereafter, going 17-27. Once he finished the 1946-47 season with Toronto, he returned to the New York Yankees as a coach.
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