W2W4: Knicks at Raptors

December, 28, 2013
12/28/13
2:22
PM ET
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight's Knicks-Raptors game:

No 'O' without Melo: The Knicks won't have Carmelo Anthony on Saturday against the Raptors due to an ankle injury.

Life without Anthony has been tough for New York -- particularly on the offensive end.

How tough?

The Knicks are being outscored by an average of 20.5 points per game without Anthony.

Here's another number to illustrate that point: Mike Woodson's club has been outscored, 264-212, since Anthony went down with an ankle injury on Monday.

Of course, the Knicks haven't been great even when Carmelo's healthy. But they've been outscored at a much higher clip when he's on the bench.

According to NBA.com, New York's been outscored by a rate of 0.9 points per 100 possessions when Anthony's on the floor. When he's off the floor, the Knicks are being outscored by 13.9 points per 100 possessions.

Andrea's revenge? Andrea Bargnani will play in Toronto for the first time since the trade that sent him to New York.

The Raptors drafted Bargnani No. 1 overall in 2006 but he fell out of favor north of the border due to unfulfilled expectations and injury issues.

Bargnani will probably get a rough reception from the home crowd tonight.

The seven-footer played well early on Friday night, but he was quiet in the fourth quarter.

He finished with 18 points and a season-high 12 rebounds but took only two shots in the fourth and missed them both. He was 1-for-5 in the second half.

J.R. vs DeMar: With Carmelo out, the Knicks will lean on Bargnani and J.R. Smith for offense. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan outplayed Smith on Friday night. As my buddy Charlie Widdoes from KnicksNow.com points out, DeRozan and Smith had similar shooting nights (Smith went 7-for-15; DeRozan shot 7-for-13).

The difference came at the free-throw line. DeRozan got to the line 14 times. Smith shot two free throws on Friday.

The Knicks need easy points with Anthony out, so Smith's approach to attacking the paint may be key.

Banged up: Anthony's ankle injury the only malady that could impact tonight's game.

Iman Shumpert gamely played through a thigh contusion on Friday. He went scoreless in 12 minutes. That's something to keep an eye on.

Also, Amar'e Stoudemire has been playing with swelling in his right wrist in the past two games. He says he'll be available on Saturday.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.2
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3