New York Knicks centre Tyson Chandler (L) talks to forward Carmelo Anthony (R) as their team plays the Orlando Magic. (REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski)
The joint will be jumping, the air inside the Air Canada Centre as close to a playoff atmosphere minus the post-season backdrop, an opponent that’s as old as the NBA itself.
And then on Saturday night, the Raptors will take their act to Broadway and the unofficial home of hoops where every NBA player wants to revel in the spotlight.
In a season that is slowly and mercifully grinding to a halt, the Raptors remain in evaluation mode, trying to find a way to close out games, but the next two nights will present two more occasions to see what exactly needs to be done as another off-season of change looms.