Game Thread: Toronto Raptors 83 - Cleveland Cavaliers 90 (F)
Old 03-20-2008, 10:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
35-33, 2nd Atlantic, (Road: 15-20) 39-30, 2nd Central, (Home: 23-10)

WHEN: Fri., Mar. 21, 2008 at 7:30pm ET
WHERE: Quicken Loans Arena
TV: NBALP, TSN, TSN 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

West, Pavlovic, James, Wallace, Ilgauskas

Bench

Varejao, Szczerbiak, Brown, D. Jones, Smith, D. Jones

Team Injuries/Inactive List

Snow, Gibson

Who's Hot




Rasho: 15 ppg in last 3 gp / Parker: 18 ppg in last 12 gp




LeBron: 34.8 ppg in last 10 gp / Zydrunas: 13.3 ppg in last 3 gp

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LeBron James vs. Jamario Moon


Zydrunas Ilgauskas vs. Andrea Bargnani

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Prediction

- 91
- 102

We're gonna be in tough against LeBron and the Cavs. I'm not getting good vibes for this one mostly because Bosh is still yet to be 100%.

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Old 03-20-2008, 11:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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King James goes nuts on us. They are just getting healthy now and played great vs the Pistons... im scurred.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How can you be scared? You're a cavs fan.
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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they are my 3rd fav team actually, my 1st fav team was actualy the old Charlottle team, but they got moved and its hard to cheer for a city i dont know, so Toronto became my 1st, Bobcats 2nd (hard to be a bobcats fan believe me haha) and Cleveland 3rd, so yes im scurred cuz Cleveland has our number and is just getting in the groove, 114-92 Cavs, King with 38/8/10
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Old 03-20-2008, 11:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i have a feeling we absolutely shut down that bitch tomorrow.
either that or he has a horrible night - like 4/19 or something.
it'll still be close, but we'll take them.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I say its back to reality.
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Old 03-20-2008, 01:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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lol - I hope the last game didn't change anybody's mind about our team ... Our chance of winning a game in Cleveland are somewhere around 1%, at least if Lebron is playing. As the previous game shown, Bosh is not even close to 100%, so it will take him a few more games to approach full capacity. TJ Ford is still struggling - wasn't able to dominate even Miami's reserves, which is very very sad ... I only hope we get a win against Denver, but considering they lost 2 in a row, they will be very focused and I doubt we stand a chance. We will be below .500 after the next 3 games, I'm pretty sure of it.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This is going to be a statement game for Cleveland. Possible first round matchup. Last game gave Toronto a glimmer of hope for winning until Lebron goes off for 24 in 4Q. This game, unfortunately, Lebron goes nuts from the get go and makes a statement.

I hope I eat my words.
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i say we have a chance if Bargs wears his mask because thats the closest thing we've got to lane intimidation on the team...lane distraction wtf-type shit.
in all seriousness i dont like our chances here. i see szherrbyiack (???) going off for like a lot of threes.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm looking forward to watching tonight's game. I just hope tonight isn't a blow out for the Cavs. At least if we lose, I hope its a close one and not an ugly one.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I love playing the Cavs. Will have some Cavs fans over at the house today to watch the game..I will be the only Raptors fan!

Prediction:
Raptors 96
Cavs 93

GO RAPTORS!
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Not a bad half.

Hump looks good. Still not a fan of the offensive rebound and shoot play, but I like the energy.

Kapono looks good too. Love the hustle and the D.

Ben Wallace looks awful. He's got absolutely zero spring in his step.
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I want to see more Rasho and Bosh together for the remainder of this season. Rasho was extremely effective when Chris was out with the injury and plays that big man game which Bargnani isn't capable of providing us with.

Jose and Ford did a great job in the first half and if Bosh can get back on his game after a cold 2nd quarter, we might actually have a chance to steal this one.
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Good gritty half... TJ was playing solid until he well, started shooting. Quite an impressive 1st quarter for Bosh too, even though he's obviously not 100%.

Only thing that worries me is the fact that LBJ has been absent. Dunno if it's Parker's defense, but I get the feeling he'll show up in the 2nd half. The Cavs have pretty much been beating us without him.
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Rasho did some nice things, but Big Z made him look about as bad as I've ever seen him look on D.
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I also agree Rasho should start for the playoffs, btw
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Rasho was good, but Big Z made Rasho look about as bad as I'v ever seen him look on D.
Yeah, but he did the same thing on Bargnani early too. Big Z is just having one of those games. I just like how Rasho's creating space on the offensive end and not camping out at the 3 point line like Andrea does so often.
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Yeah, but he did the same thing on Bargnani early too. Big Z is just having one of those games. I just like how Rasho's creating space on the offensive end and not camping out at the 3 point line like Andrea does so often.

Andrea looked like he was lost in space out there.
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BTW, LeBron's entrance at the start of the game is a little over the top if you ask me. Kind of reminds me of when I used to watch the WWF or WWE now.
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Andrea looked like he was lost in space out there.
Yup, and dresses the role too with that ridiculous mask.
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