Raptors 'hopeful' Marc Gasol will play Saturday

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

"That gets your juices going and makes you real excited", Gasol continued.

"I gave it my all (in Memphis)", Gasol states. The three-time All-Star was a stalwart of Memphis' "Grit and Grind" era that saw the club make seven straight playoff appearances, including the Western Conference final in the 2012-13 season.

Leonard joined the Raptors last summer after a fallout with San Antonio Spurs and has been in blistering form ever since.

"The mindset is all in. It's a clear goal, it's one goal and that's to play for a championship", Gasol said.

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

The Knicks closed within 99-96 on Knox's 3-pointer with 1:59 left. A pair of free throws from Lowry sealed it with eight seconds left. Danny Green scored 14 points and sank three straight 3-pointers in the fourth for Toronto.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse inserted Gasol into the game with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter.

NY has lost 29 of its last 31. Leonard missed the team's last game with a sore knee. Norman Powell also had 14 points, while Kawhi Leonard (11) and Pascal Siakam (10) also scored in double figures.

The Spaniard played his entire National Basketball Association career to date with the Grizzlies and is the franchise's all-time leader in points, blocks, and minutes played. NY is 0-17 when scoring less than 100 points.

Leonard will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and definitely a target of the rebuilding Knicks when the signing period opens up July 1.

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.

"Just playing my season right now", Leonard said.

"Once Masai (Ujiri) called and I talked to some of the guys in (the locker room), everybody said the same thing about making a run to the title".

When pressed, Leonard backed away.

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