Today in Raptorland - 4/18/08
Old 04-18-2008, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Underdogs can bite on occasion

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"Last year we got on some rolls. This year it was always something," Mitchell said. "It seemed like when we finally got Chris clicking, he gets hurt. Then we finally had T.J. play one of the best games I've seen him play in Atlanta and the last play of the game he gets hurt ...

"So, if we can get that back, you go out, you hit a few shots, you start playing with confidence and you get on a roll. It's hard to explain when it happens. I wish, as a coach, I knew when it was going to happen."
Armstrong a slam dunk to land new TV job

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With the Raptors negotiating new TV deals with TSN and The Score not counting the team's own digital channel there's plenty of opportunity, especially since the Raptors like having the guy around.

"We'd like to have Jack involved in some capacity," says Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executive vice-president Tom Anselmi. "We haven't ruled out anything."

To expedite things, Armstrong has hired Gord Kirke as his agent. Considering that Kirke knows his way around MLSE, especially now that he's charged with finding the next Maple Leafs GM, he made a pretty good choice.
Raptors playoffs preview

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Magic will be without Brian Cook, who can stretch defences with his shooting, which gives Toronto another edge. Dooling and Bogans are just the kind of guys who can get hot and score in a hurry. The inconsistent Bargnani has to be good for Toronto to really have a chance, but Calderon should be able to put Orlando in pick-and-roll hell.
7 series, 7 questions

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Pistons are weird; they coast for periods and then turn it on in a second. That's a dangerous way to approach the playoffs. ... Sixers love to run and press and play with youthful exuberance, which is not something that the Pistons really enjoy. ... Philly has been second-hottest team in East for a month, wonder how much they have left in the tank. ... Philly split the four-game season series.


Old rivalries, new stars fuel NBA rebirth

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It's hard not to look at the Eastern Conference playoff matchups and conclude that the Orlando Magic-Toronto Raptors series is the least telegenic, in the sense that it features one of the league's smaller markets and its only Canadian one. Yet it doesn't take a maestro of a producer to create interest around the matchup between the Magic's Dwight Howard and the Raptors' Chris Bosh, two of the NBA's best young big men and good friends who just happen to drop 40 points on each other when the mood strikes.


Experienced Raptors embrace underdog role

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And unlike this season, Mitchell can, if he so chooses, pull out the underdog card to rally his team. Online sports book Bodog has Orlando as a -240 favourite to win the series, meaning you would have to bet $240 on Orlando to win $100 in profit.


Calderon, Kapono win statistical titles

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The only other Raptor to lead the league in one of their main statistical categories this season was Jason Kapono, the two-time defending three-point champ, who lead the league in three-point FG% with a .483 percentage.

Kapono, though, has attempted only 29 three-point shots since the beginning of January and has connected on 11 of them.
This one is too close to call

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Keep in mind that Orlando has lost seven of its past nine games to Toronto, which leads many to believe that this series will go the distance.

When one looks at the various matchups, one can also conclude that seven games might be necessary.
We've seen Bosh mature but now it's time to perform

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"I expect Chris to play well, like he has played all year when he has been healthy," Mitchell said. But it has to be more than that. When there's a shot to take to win a game, he has to be the shooter. When there's a defensive stop that needs to be made, he needs to be the stopper. This is what franchise players do. In basketball, more than in any other sport, one man can make the difference.


As relative newcomers to playoff basketball, Orlando Magic face tall task to reach NBA Finals

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The last 28 NBA titles have been shared by just eight different franchises, and those teams all had one thing in common. They were dominated by veterans. In the last 10 years, only one team -- the Detroit Pistons in 2004 -- won a title without at least one starter 30 years or older. Those Pistons already were seasoned, but their starting lineup averaged just 27.2 years, youngest in the last 30 years.
Orlando Magic should not have to beg fans for playoff sellout

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As of Thursday afternoon, there were still close to 3,000 tickets available for Sunday's first playoff game with Toronto and about 4,500 for Tuesday's Game 2.

I spent 45 minutes at the arena box office during the lunch "rush" Thursday and I've got to be honest: It was deader than Ben Affleck's career. In all, I saw four groups of people purchasing tickets -- two women buying theater seats for Mamma Mia! at Bob Carr Auditorium, one gentleman buying tickets to next week's Predators game and, yes, two people were buying Magic tickets.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a sexier version of Sarah McLachlan.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great to see that Jack will probably be back too.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How come we FINALLY get a nice looking SSG and they cover her all up?

Or maybe thats why she's nice. Not tats visible...or scars...or pale skin.

Somehow I doubt it. She's fine.

And +1 on the Jack returning.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm excited to see my own pretty girl today, my girl makes me all crazy cuz she is sexy ashell... and a badass.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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She really does look like Sarah McLaghlan..but better.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:49 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Meh, she's alright

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Old 04-18-2008, 10:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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