How would you like to be Alan Anderson? If that name doesn’t ring a bell right away, it didn’t for me either, but Anderson put together a night to remember for himself off the bench for the Toronto Raptors at Madison Square Garden as the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 92-88. Anderson hit six three-pointers and finished with 26 points.
Anderson is in his second year with Toronto after being out of the NBA for five years. Toronto will likely miss the playoffs even after trading for Rudy Gay, but may have found themselves a diamond in the rough with Anderson, who scored 27 points twice in January for the Raptors. Even with Anderson at age 30, he can be a key part of the future for the Raptors as a valuable sixth-man. It has been a comeback that has worked out very well for him.
On the other side, the Knicks played terribly with an awful night from Carmelo Anthony dooming New York’s chances. New York was very good at home this season coming into the game but losing a game like this isn’t going to help the team’s confidence going forward. Anthony can’t be having nights where he score low in double figures if New York figures to make a long run in the playoffs. This night belonged to Anderson, though, in making his comeback a success. I really cheer for those types of players who aren’t household names, are away from the league for a long time and then make a great return. Anderson is definitely one of those players.