Knicks have 2% chance of No. 1 pick after landing lottery position No. 11 — Boston Herald

Lucky number eleven? The Knicks draft lottery position moved up a spot and is set at No. 11 after the Clippers lost Friday night to the Pelicans in the final play-in game. It means the Knicks have a two percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick and a decent 9.4% chance of cracking the…

Knicks have 2% chance of No. 1 pick after landing lottery position No. 11 — Boston Herald


• The Toronto Raptors begin the 2022 NBA Playoffs on Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors (48-34) won 14 of their last 18 games (Mar. 9 – Apr. 10) to finish in fifth
place in the East. Toronto has qualified for the postseason the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
• This series marks the third time Toronto and Philadelphia will meet in the playoffs. The previous two series oth went seven games. The 76ers edged out Toronto in second round in 2001, while the Raptors prevailed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2019 en route to the franchise’s first NBA title. Four players remain from Toronto’s 2019 roster – OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.
The Sixers have three players left from the 2019 series – Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Furkan Korkmaz.
• Toronto won three of four games against Philadelphia this season. Pascal Siakam averaged a team-high
30.3 points and shot .507 (35-69) from the field in three games vs. the Sixers this year. He recorded his
third career triple-double in the most recent meeting (Apr. 7) with 37 point, 11 rebound and 12 assists. In
four games this year, Toronto has outrebounded Philadelphia 187-158 (+29), including 57-28 on the offensive glass (+29). Reserve Chris Boucher has led the attack on the boards averaging 10.5 rebounds.
• The Raptors ranked first in the NBA in deflections (17.6) and second in steals (9.0) this season. The backcourt duo of Gary Trent Jr. (1.74) and Fred VanVleet (1.71) ranked third and fifth, respectively, in steals.
They both also ranked in the top-five in total deflections.
• Pascal Siakam averaged 22.8 points, and career bests of 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists, in 68 games this
season. Siakam was one of just five players in the NBA to average at least 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and
5.0 assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, LeBron James and Nikola Jokic.
• Pascal Siakam recorded a career-best 30 double-doubles this year. He joined Chris Bosh (five times),
Antonio Davis (twice), Donyell Marshall and Damon Stoudamire (twice) as the only Raptors to have 30 or
more double-doubles in a single season.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes was the only NBA rookie this season – and first in franchise history – to record
1000+ points, 500+ rebounds and 250+ assists. Only three other rookies have totaled 1000/500/250 in last
20 years – Luka Doncic (2018-19), Ben Simmons (2017-18) and Blake Griffin (2010-11).
• Toronto ranked second in the NBA in both offensive rebounds (13.4) and second chance points (16.5) this
season. The Raptors had five different players collected more than 100 offensive rebounds: Scottie
Barnes (195), Chris Boucher (179), Precious Achiuwa (146), Pascal Siakam (128) and Khem Birch
(122). Barnes led all rookie in offensive rebounds, while Boucher topped all reserves in the NBA with 155.
Fred VanVleet earned his first All-Star selection, becoming the first undrafted All-Star since Ben Wallace
in 2006. VanVleet averaged career highs of 20.3 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 65 games. The
Raptors were 7-1 this year when he scored 30 or more points.
• Averaged a career-high 17.1 points and shot .363 (115-317) from three-point range in 48 games this season.
• Scored 20+ points in 19 games; something he did 13 times in 43 games last season.
• Missed three-of-four meetings against the Sixers this year.
• Was the only rookie to rank in the top-five in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes.
• Scored 20+ points in 17 games this season – the most by a Raptors rookie since Vince Carter (23) in 1998-99.
• Led the Raptors with a franchise rookie record 195 offensive rebounds (15th in the NBA).
• Recorded a career-high 30 double-doubles – the most by a Raptor since Chris Bosh (49) in 2009-10.
• Ranked 15th in the NBA in scoring; Toronto was 12-2 when he scored 30+ points.
• First player in franchise history to averaged 22+ points, 8+ rebounds and 5+ assists for an entire season.
• Ranked third in the NBA in steals per game, fifth in total deflections (237) and 17th in three-pointers made (209).
• Matched his career high with five steals six times (last: Feb. 28 at Brooklyn).
• Scored 30+ points in five straight games (Jan. 25 – Feb. 1), tying the franchise record set by DeMar DeRozan.
• Was the first undrafted player to be named an All-Star since Ben Wallace in 2006.
• Ranked sixth in the NBA in steals per game, second in total deflections (254) and third in threes (240).
• Set the single-season franchise record for made three-pointers.


2021-22 3-1 1-1 2-0
ALL-TIME 61-42 33-18 28-24
STREAKS Won 2 Won 1 Won 2
PLAYOFFS 7-7 5-2 2-5
LAST WIN: Apr. 7, 2022 (119-114)
LAST ROAD WIN: Mar. 20, 2022 (93-88)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -35 (Jan. 7, 2012)

  1. Apr. 16 Wells Fargo Center 6 p.m. ESPN, TSN / Sportsnet 590
  2. Apr. 18 Wells Fargo Center 7:30 p.m. TNT, TSN / Sportsnet 590
  3. Apr. 20 Scotiabank Arena 8 p.m. NBA TV, Sportsnet / TSN 1050
  4. Apr. 23 Scotiabank Arena 2 p.m. TNT, Sportsnet / TSN 1050
  5. Apr. 25 Wells Fargo Center TBD Sportsnet / TSN 1050
  6. Apr. 28 Scotiabank Arena TBD TSN / Sportsnet 590
  7. Apr. 30 Wells Fargo Center TBD TNT, Sportsnet / TSN 1050

GAME 80 – APRIL 7, 2022
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam had 37 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his
third career triple-double, Gary Trent Jr. scored 30 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-114 … Siakam shot 14 for 28, going 1 for 7
from 3-point range … He made 8 of 10 free throws … Precious Achiuwa scored
20 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers, and Scottie Barnes had 13
points and 10 rebounds … Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and
James Harden had 13 points and 15 assists for the 76ers … Tyrese Maxey
scored 22 points, and Danny Green shot 6 for 7 from 3-point range and scored
18 points for Philadelphia … The 76ers trailed 106-102 after Green connected
from 3 with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Trent scored five points as
Toronto answered with a 9-5 run … A steal by Siakam led to a driving dunk for
Barnes with 1:30 left, putting the Raptors up 115-107 … Philadelphia led 60-56
at the intermission … Siakam scored 15 points in the third and Trent added nine
to give the Raptors an 87-85 lead after three quarters.
1 2 3 4 TOT
PHILADELPHIA 33 27 25 29 114
TORONTO 26 30 31 32 119
GAME 71 – MARCH 20, 2022
PHILADELPHIA — Pascal Siakam had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Precious Achiuwa scored 21 points to lead Toronto to a 93-88 win over Philadelphia … Chris Boucher had 12 points and 14 rebounds to help the Raptors extend
their road winning streak to six … James Harden missed two free throws with
the Sixers down 87-86 and missed a driving layup with 59 seconds left and the
Sixers down 89-86 … The Sixers had the ball with 37.3 seconds left and Joel
Embiid lost the ball for a costly turnover … Scottie Barnes missed two free
throws that kept Toronto’s lead at 90-88 with 7.1 seconds left … Harden,
though, missed again when he was whistled for an offensive foul against Boucher on a drive down the lane that crushed the Sixers’ comeback bid … The
Raptors had a whopping 20 offensive rebounds and held an overall 56-40 edge
on the glass … Embiid had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia … He
shot only 6 of 20 overall from the floor and missed all three 3-pointers … Tyrese
Maxey scored 19 points and Harden had 17.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 27 30 12 24 93
PHILADELPHIA 37 17 20 14 88
GAME 31 – DECEMBER 28, 2021
TORONTO — Tobias Harris had 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for his
first career triple-double, Joel Embiid finished with 36 points and 11 rebounds,
and the Philadelphia 76ers hung on to beat the Toronto Raptors 114-109 …
Chris Boucher scored a season-high 28 points and matched his career high
with 19 rebounds … Siakam scored 28 points while Trent had 19 … After Toronto took a 78-76 lead on Svi Mykhailiuk’s 3-pointer with 2:02 left in the third,
the 76ers responded with a 19-5 run, including a 10-2 spurt to begin the fourth
… The Raptors battled back, and Trent hit a 3-pointer with 1:41 remaining to
put Toronto up 107-106 … But Harris was fouled after grabbing the rebound on
Trent’s miss with 21 seconds left, and made two more from the line to put the
Sixers up 112-109 … Toronto missed a chance to take a tying shot when Trent
turned the ball over with six seconds left.
1 2 3 4 TOT
PHILADELPHIA 27 28 30 29 114
TORONTO 24 24 33 28 109
GAME 13 – NOVEMBER 11, 2021
PHILADELPHIA — Gary Trent Jr. and Fred VanVleet hit back-to-back 3-
pointers over the final 1:10 to lift the Raptors past the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-
109 … VanVleet hit six 3s and scored 32 points, and Trent added 20 … The
Sixers have lost three straight games … Tyrese Maxey scored 33 points for
Philadelphia … Andre Drummond had put the Sixers ahead 109-107 with 1:44
left and then followed with a blocked shot on the next possession … Trent,
though, hit the 3 with 1:10 left that put the Raptors ahead … The Raptors led
most of the fourth quarter until the Sixers went on a late run … Shake Milton hit
a 3 and his baseline drive cut it to 92-89 before Tobias Harris scored to bring
the Sixers within one … VanVleet and Svi Mykhailiuk, though, each buried 3-
pointers that stretched the lead and OG Anunoby dunked off a turnover …
Anunoby then hit a 3, one of 14 for the Raptors …Anunoby also scored 20
points … Toronto trailed 57-52 at halftime.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 27 25 29 34 115
PHILADELPHIA 30 27 21 31 10


Postgame Notes for Friday, April 15, 2022
R H E LOB Win: Cimber (3-0)
OAKLAND 1 6 0 5 Loss: Jefferies (0-1)
TORONTO 4 11 0 10 Save: Romano (5)
First Pitch: 7:08 pm One-Run Games: 1-0 Temperature: 20°C/68°F
Last Pitch: 10:08 pm Extra-Inning Games: 0-0 Wind: N/A
Game Time 3:00 Comeback Wins: 2 Attendance: 35,415

• Improved to 5-3 on the season and 3-1 at home…Extended their winning streak over the Athletics to six
games, dating back to last season…Have gone 12-2 against Oakland since the start of 2019…Are now 28-
12 since returning to Rogers Centre on 7/30/20…Blue Jay batters combined to notch a season-high 11 hits
while striking out a season-low five times.
• ROSS STRIPLING surrendered just two hits over 4.0 shutout innings in his first start (3rd appearance) of the
year, striking out three batters while walking none…In his first start of every season, Stripling has combined
to fashion a 2.38 ERA (9 ER/34.0 IP).
VLADIMIR GUERRERO JR. opened the scoring with his MLB-leading 5th home run of the season, a solo
shot in the bottom of the 1st…Tied Carlos Delgado (1994, 2001) and Vernon Wells (2010) for the most
homers in the team’s first eight games of a season…Also singled in the 3rd and was intentionally walked in
the 7th, finishing the game 2-for-3, his 4th multi-hit game of the season.
• LOURDES GURRIEL JR. singled, doubled, and walked, going 2-for-3 on the night with an RBI…Was his
first multi-hit game of the year…Has hit safely in six of eight games this season.
SANTIAGO ESPINAL plated a run with a double in the 2nd inning, his 3rd RBI double of the
season…Snapped a 0-for-10 hitless streak…Was intentionally walked in the 6th for the first time in his
RAIMEL TAPIA singled in the 2nd and 4th innings, finishing the night 2-for-2…Marked his first multi-hit game
as a Blue Jay.
ZACK COLLINS notched his first hit in a Toronto uniform, doubling to the right field corner in the bottom of
the 4th inning…Drove in a run with a single in the 6th, marking his first multi-hit effort of the season.
JORDAN ROMANO pitched a scoreless 9th inning (2K) to pick up his MLB-leading 5th save of the
season…Has converted 28 consecutive save opportunities, dating back to last season, the longest
streak in franchise history (Tom Henke – 25 in 1991) and currently the longest active streak in the
Majors…Joined Duane Ward (1993) as the only players in club history to pick up five saves in the first eight
team games of a season.
ADAM CIMBER tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up a hit while striking out three batters and walking
none…Earned his MLB-leading 3rd win of the season, matching his win total from last year…The three
wins tied him with Casey Janssen (2010) and Bill Caudill (1985) for the most by a Toronto pitcher in the
team’s first eight games of a season.
• Slipped to an even 4-4 on the year, losing for the sixth straight time to the Blue Jays, dating back to last
season…Scored a season-low one run on six hits.
• DAULTON JEFFERIES made his 4th career MLB start, giving up two runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings
with a walk and a pair of strikeouts…Tossed 63 pitches while tying a career-high with 45 strikes.
KEVIN SMITH doubled in the 3rd and singled in the 5th, going 2-for-3 on the night…Marked his first career
multi-hit effort in his 26th career big league game…Made his MLB debut for the Blue Jays on 8/18/21 at
WAS before being dealt to the A’s in a package for Matt Chapman last month.
CHAD PINDER drove in Oakland’s first run of the game with a pinch-hit single in the 6th inning…Now batting
.295 (49-for-166) with 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 55 career April games, his highest batting average of any
HOME RUNS # Outs Type Field Count Off Inning Score Before
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 5 2 1R RCF 2-2 Jefferies 1st 0-0
Saturday, April 16 vs. Oakland Athletics, 3:07 pm…LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (0-0, 16.20) vs. RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 0.00)
Sunday, April 17 vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:37 pm…RHP Alek Manoah (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Adam Oller (0-0, 33


HARTFORD WOLF PACK (30-30-6-2 – 68 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (35-26-3-1 – 74 Points)
FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
HARTFORD 0 1 0 – 1
TORONTO 1 2 1 – 4


Hartford: A. Greco (20) PP (N. Merkley, K. Kinkaid)
Goaltender: K. Kinkaid (33/36) L

Toronto: J. Blandisi (11) (B. Seney, P. Myers), N. Robertson (12) SH (B. Seney), A. Steeves (22) PP (B. Seney, J. Duszak), B. McMann (22) EN, SH (P. Myers)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (27/28) W

  • Joseph Blandisi opened the scoring at 4:37 of the first period. He has points (3-2-5) in five consecutive games.
  • Nick Robertson scored shorthanded at 1:20 of the second period. This was his first career AHL shorthanded goal and second game-winning goal of the season. He has points (4-1-5) in five consecutive games.
  • Alex Steeves scored on the power play at 18:57 of the second period. He is tied for fifth amongst rookies in goals (22).
  • Bobby McMann scored shorthanded on the empty net at 17:40 of the third period. This was his third shorthanded goal of the season. He has points (3-1-4) in three games. He is tied for fifth amongst rookies in goals (22).
  • Brett Seney had the primary assists on Blandisi’s first period goal and Steeves’ second period goal. He also had the lone assist on Robertson’s second period goal. This was his sixth three-point game of the season. He has 52 points (16 goals, 36 assists) in 55 games this past season.
  • Phil Myers recorded the secondary assist on Blandisi’s first period goal and the lone assist on McMann’s third period goal.
  • Joseph Duszak recorded the secondary assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He is sixth overall in assists (42).
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 of 28 shots he faced.
  • Toronto has scored 14 shorthanded goals this season and are tied for first overall in the league. This is third most shorthanded goals recorded by the club in a season. Eight different Marlies have recorded a shorthanded goal.
  • The Marlies went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play. Toronto is 24-7-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 18-16-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Toronto had a 37-28 edge in shots in all situations. Nick Robertson led the Marlies with seven shots on goal. Toronto is 14-6-1-0 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 8-7-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the regular season 1-1-0-0 against the Wolf Pack.

Scoring first 26-9-1-1
Leading after 1st 18-6-2-1
Leading after 2nd 26-4-2-1
At home 18-14-2-1
April 3-3-0-0
Friday 6-5-0-0 MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals 22 (B. McMann, A. Steeves)
Assists 42 (J. Duszak)
Points 52 (B. Seney)
PPG 8 (A. Steeves)
Shots 162 (A. Steeves)
+/- +15 (B. Seney)
PIMS 101 (R. Clune)

On tonight’s game:
We got better as the first period went on. First four shifts or so were definitely not the direction we wanted the game to go in to start. The team did a good job of recognizing it and finding our way back in the game and found some momentum in special teams. We got stronger as the game went on.

On Brett Seney:
He’s been the catalyst for our team all season. With Anderson out, those two guys have a lot of chemistry and play well together but he’s been really strong in levelling up some other guys who have had an opportunity to play with him. He was a big part of the win tonight.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

April 16 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
April 20 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
April 22 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
April 24 vs. Belleville – 4:00 p.m.
April 27 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.