GAME 5: Toronto Raptors 92 - Orlando Magic 102 (F)
Old 04-27-2008, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Magic Lead Series 3-1


1-3, 6th Eastern Conf., (Road: 0-2) 3-1, 3rd Eastern Conf., (Home: 2-0)

WHEN: Mon., Apr. 28, 2008 at 7:30pm ET
WHERE: Amway Arena
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Starters

Ford, Parker, Moon, Bargnani, Bosh

Bench

Delfino, Calderon, Kapono, Humphries, Nesterovic, Brezec

Team Injuries/Inactive List

Baston, Garbajosa, Graham




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Starters

Nelson, Evans, Turkoglu, Lewis, Howard

Bench

Arroyo, Gortat, Bogans, Redick, Dooling, Garrity, Foyle

Team Injuries/Inactive List

Augustine, Cook, Battie



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Kapono: 16.3 PPG IN LAST 4 GP / Bosh: 26 PPG IN LAST 4 GP




Hedo: 19.2 PPG IN LAST 4 GP / Howard: 23 PPG IN LAST 4 GP

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Hedo Turkoglu vs. Jamario Moon

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Old 04-27-2008, 12:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a feeling we won't show up for this one. I call a blow out. A disappointing end to a disappointing season.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a feeling we won't show up for this one. I call a blow out. A disappointing end to a disappointing season.
And for all the Ford haters, the last time you'll have to suffer through a game with Ford in a Raptors uniform.

I'm just excited to see who will be the Raptors "scapegoat" next season.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think we'll show up but lose late like the other 2 games.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It will be hard to find a single Raptor fan that thinks we can win this.

I hope the locker room isnt the same.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It will be hard to find a single Raptor fan that thinks we can win this.

I hope the locker room isnt the same.
I know Raptorman, but when the chips are down like they are now its hard to be optimistic as much as we'd love to be.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Count me among the doubters my good Doc.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Im feelin a tourn-a-round, Raps are bringin this series to game 7, Jose Calderon is gonna drop 50 on Magic, Maceo Baston and Primoz Brezec are gonna give a solid effort. Lets try being a little positive!
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This will be the Raptors last game of the season.
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Actually I'm almost sure we'll win the next. We're not going to shoot 2 of 13 from 3pt range - that's for sure. Jose is not going to have a back-to-game 1 of 7 either. Sure, Bosh will probably score a lot fewer points, but in the end, we usually play our best when Bosh has lots of assists, not lots of points. Also, don't forget that the league doesn't like short series - so there will be no more "help" for Howard. He's not going to get 8 blocks again, and there will be far more goal-tending calls.

I think we win this one, and maybe even the next one, but then lose the 7th game in Orlando.
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I say Mitch goes all out. One more change to the starting line up. Jose back in the starting line up and he plays major minutes. Remember the Feb, 20 game where we won 127 - 110. No TJ around to screw this pg rotation that day. TJ played major minutes 30 to Jose 17 mins in game 4. Lets see what we could do in the playoffs with Jose starting. In our 2 wins against the Magic Jose has played more minutes.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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NO WAYY WE WIN THIS WE WIN GAME 6 WE WIN GAME 7 THEN WE SWEEP DETROIT/PHILLY!!!! Raptors FTW!!!!


















yeah we're out
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:18 AM   #14 (permalink)
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It'll be very hard to show up to win. If they want to break history and decided to try and win the series they will make it a win, even if it becomes a scrappy game. Otherwise they might try to lose with some respectability.

A win (or how much they lose by) will indicate how much pride our team have in themselves.
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I say we win 2 in a row, and then lose the 7th....
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:15 PM   #16 (permalink)
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defend the perimeter. Hack-a-Howard and swing the ball to Kapono for the open 3-ball and we should be fine. Oh yea, letting Humpy play to clean the glass wouldnt be a bad idea either.

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Old 04-28-2008, 12:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hack-a-Howard...here's my thinking.

at the 4 or 5 spot you have Bosh, Rasho, Bargnani, Primo, Humpy, Baston. soooo 6x6=36.

sub in Primo or Humpy or hell, even Baston and have them drive the lane and pick up fouls on D12.

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Have them go in with the only intention being annoy, get in the head of, and knock around D12. Sure it's cheap, it's dirty, but down 3-1 it might just work!
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They have some good free throw shooters on that team and what your suggesting is putting the Magic in the penaty situation half way through each quarter? That doesn't sound like a good plan. I say let Howard get his...we've shown we can beat them when we limit the team's outside shooting. If we could hit a 3 last game and prevent a couple of there's this series would be tied.
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They have some good free throw shooters on that team and what your suggesting is putting the Magic in the penaty situation half way through each quarter? That doesn't sound like a good plan. I say let Howard get his...we've shown we can beat them when we limit the team's outside shooting. If we could hit a 3 last game and prevent a couple of there's this series would be tied.
my idea is to rough up Howard and send him to the line. He cant shoot free throws on a consistent basis, at least not in this series.
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Hack-a-Howard...here's my thinking.

at the 4 or 5 spot you have Bosh, Rasho, Bargnani, Primo, Humpy, Baston. soooo 6x6=36.

sub in Primo or Humpy or hell, even Baston and have them drive the lane and pick up fouls on D12.

OR

Have them go in with the only intention being annoy, get in the head of, and knock around D12. Sure it's cheap, it's dirty, but down 3-1 it might just work!
hack-a-shaq is a very bad strategy, unless somehow it causes the opposing coach to pull the player out. Because think about it, Howard is hitting 60% fromthe FT line. If you hack him on every possesion, it's just like forcing the magic shooting 60% from 2pt shots - that's a heck of a percentage. The only way it would work is if he would miss 2 out of 3 shots, or something like that.
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