Game Thread: Denver Nuggets 109 - Toronto Raptors 100 (F)
Old 03-23-2008, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors
41-28, 2nd Northwest, (Road: 13-21) 35-34, 2nd Atlantic, (Home: 20-13)

WHEN: Sun., Mar. 23, 2008 at 3:30pm ET
WHERE: Air Canada Centre
TV: NBALP, CBC. CBC HD


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Starters

Calderon, Parker, Moon, Bosh, Bargnani

Bench

Delfino, Ford, Nesterovic, Humphries, Kapono, Graham, Martin

Team Injuries/Inactive List

Baston, Garbajosa, Brezec


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Starters

Carter, Iverson, Anthony, Martin, Camby

Bench

Kleiza, Atkins, Najera, Smith, Diawara, Hunter

Team Injuries/Inactive List

Nene, Green

Who's Hot




Parker: 17.5 PPG IN LAST 13 GP / Rasho: 15.2 IN LAST 4 GP




Iverson: 26.3 PPG IN LAST 14 GP / Carmelo: 24 PPG IN LAST 4 GP


Key Match-ups


Allen Iverson vs. Anthony Parker


Carmelo Anthony vs. Jamario Moon

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SG vs. SG

SF vs. SF

PF vs. PF

C vs. C

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Prediction

- 96
- 116

I hope that I'm wrong, but it ain't going to be pretty tomorrow evening.

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Old 03-23-2008, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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We own the Nuggets in Toronto. We're gonna come out scorching and torch them early for their beatdown of us in DEN for us showing them up at home last year. History will repeat itself.

Raps 125 Nuggets 110

Forderon 32 points 24 assists

Raptors 15 3's.
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I actually think this is one of our most important games left in the season. We need to have at least one more win against a good team to build confidence going into an easy April and the playoffs, our only other hard games other than this are Detroit and New Orleans and I'm not sure we can beat them, even if we are at home. Denver's a pretty bad road team so this is manageable. Furthermore we need to assert ourselves for 6th, Philly's just .5 back. I don't want the Pistons in round 1.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The Nuggets are not a good road team, so they shouldn't beat the Raps as bas as they did in Denver.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nuggets will probably win because they are fighting for 8th seed in the west and playing their hardest. Raptors are just coasting and show no sense of urgency. Even if there were players on the raps that want to go out and play hard, Sam's disruptive coaching style will put an end to it right away.
Melo will own moon
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Nuggets will probably win because they are fighting for 8th seed in the west and playing their hardest. Raptors are just coasting and show no sense of urgency. Even if there were players on the raps that want to go out and play hard, Sam's disruptive coaching style will put an end to it right away.
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I hope your wrong deranged, but from what the Raptors have shown over this last month, we as fans can't help to feel that way.

Throw us a frickin' bone Raps.
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah, we need this one, badly.
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This should be a really really entertaining contest to watch for fans of both teams. The Nuggets are fighting for post season contention as they trail the 8th seed Warriors by just a game and a half, the Raptors trying to solidify their 6th seed, as they try to stay ahead of the surging 76ers and try to avoid falling to 7th place and facing the Pistons.

Besides the match-up of Anthony Parker vs Allen Iverson, I am looking forward to the match-up of Carmelo Anthony vs Jamario Moon. They are both athletic small forwards whose defense is going to be the key for their respective positions. I am talking specifically Jamario Moons defense on Carmelo. If Moon doesn't bring his defense tonight, which he is very capable of bringing, then Carmelo may explode for something like 50 points.

This is one of the most important games left in the season for Toronto, because Denver is one of the few good teams left on our schedule, and we need to beat some good teams to gain some confidence heading into the post-season. Also to get out of this little slump we are in which started on the road trip.

Anyways, both teams need this win urgently, so its going to be interesting to see which team comes out with more energy, passion, and ultimately.. DEFENSE. We'll just have to pray that the Raptors don't drop this game and fall to 7th to be in position to play Detroit in the playoffs..
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Old 03-23-2008, 02:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Anyways, both teams need this win urgently, so its going to be interesting to see which team comes out with more energy, passion, and ultimately.. DEFENSE. We'll just have to pray that the Raptors don't drop this game and fall to 7th to be in position to play Detroit in the playoffs..
Passion, urgency and defense are not a part of the raptor's vocab this season i'm afraid.
If we face Detriot, then Sam.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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hopefully we'l be competitive, it's not that important if we win or not - but if we're within 4 or better with one minute remaining, than I would be satisfied. At this point it looks like it will be a dog fight with 76ers and Wizards for the 5th -7th. Since I still think that Orlando is our best chance, who knows if a win today would help or not in getting the 6th spot. I still remember that game in whasingtion last season, where without that crazy mo pete shot, we would have played the wizards in the first round, as opposed to the nets ...
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Common Raps!!
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Bargs second? that wasnt a foul
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Tj being smart passing those open threes he is getting
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I like rap's intensity - Hopefully we keep it up!
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I smell a 3 quarter meltdown by the raps

BTW kaponos defense has improved a lot lately. He still does a couple of bad things, but one on one he is doing a decent job.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:40 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Calderon plays the 4th quarter, we win. Ford plays the 4th, we lose. It's that simple.

If Sam goes with Ford again, I'm turning the game off. It'd be absolutely embarrasing after Calderon's play so far and the fact that with TJ our team has less chemistry than Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Iverson, to the rim, even gets glanced at and they bolw the whistle.

How the hell is he still getting such ludicrous calls.
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+1

Bargs shooting well early on 7-10 for 16pt.

Bosh with 7As 7 Pt and 7Rb
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He flops physically and verbally and even if the refs dont see it from their angle they call it because he falls all over the place. They gotta get rid of flopping. And AP shouldnt have jumped at that last shot, YOU'RE 6'6 and theres 2 on the clock, just keep your damn hands up.

Great first half but our lead should be bigger. Hopefully the Bosh decoy offence keeps rolling.
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Old 03-23-2008, 06:14 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Jose playing the entire 3rd... unless Sam miracously makes the right decision and plays him for the entire half, he hath done it again. Ford in the 4th here we come. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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