A day after losing a heartbreaker to the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks host one of the Eastern Conference favorites as the Boston Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Caris LeVert dropped in a layup with one second left in the game, two of his career-high 28 points, and New York took a 107-105 loss at Barclays Center on Friday night. A Tim Hardaway Jr. fadeaway 3-point attempt clanked off the backboard and the Knicks dropped their first game of the season, after blitzing the Atlanta Hawks in a 126-107 win on Wednesday in new head coach David Fizdale's first win with the team.
Leonard's Raptors host Hayward, Celtics TORONTO -- The Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors each had a couple of questions answered in their season-opening victories. The Eastern Conference rivals meet Friday night at Toronto for their second game of the season. Boston's Gordon Hayward played well enough in his first regular-season game, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in a 105-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, after he missed almost all last season with a gruesome left ankle fracture that occurred in the first quarter of his Celtics debut Oct. 17, 2017. "That was a big step for me mentally," Hayward said after playing 24:37 on Tuesday. "It was a big confidence-booster
The Toronto Raptors are a really good team. They're also really good at home. Combine those two things and what do you get? The NBA's best home record last season. The Celtics have a tough task when they visit tonight.
Jayson Tatum, Brandon Ingram and Markelle Fultz are players who will have huge impacts on the NBA this season.
Jaylen Brown will honor late friend Trevin Steede with sneakers for tonight's game against the Raptors. The sneakers feature Steede's name on the tongue and the colors of Steede's college team.
Boston Celtics (1-0) @ Toronto Raptors (1-0) : Friday, October 19th, 8 P.M. ET : Scotiabank Arena, Toronto : Delon Wright is questionable with a left adductor strain and OG Anunoby is questionable with a right orbital contusion. Wright missed Wednesday's home opener, while Anunoby left late after getting hit in the eye. down: The Raptors come into Friday's game fresh off a 116-104 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a 24-point, 13-rebound double-double in his Raptors debut, while Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 27 points in the win. Leonard's 24 points were the most in a Raptors debut since Donyell Marshall scored 27 points in his first game on Dec. 2, 2003. : Danny Green
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 49 points, and Nik Stauskas matched his career high with 24 points in his first appearance in a Portland uniform, leading the Trail Blazers past the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 128-119 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. LeBron James collected 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in his first game as a Laker.