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Old 04-27-2008, 10:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Raptors: Mission improbable

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That sounds good and it is factual, but history would suggest the Raptors, who trail the best-of-seven series 3-1, are toast. There have been 174 NBA playoff series that have been 3-1 and only eight teams have managed to survive. And the numbers get even worse. Of the 120 teams that have trailed a series 3-1 and played the next game on the road, only two have come back to win.
Raptors don't have what it takes at crunch time

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Toronto's three-point shooting forward, Jason Kapono, played all 12 minutes of the final frame and registered three points.

And what of Toronto's three-point shooting centre? Let's just say the Big Bargnani, an ill-timed pizza promotion being advertised by a popular chain of local parlours, would only be aptly named if it arrived stone cold with no meat.

Orlando's penetrating point guard, Jameer Nelson, scored 12 points in the final eight minutes. Toronto's version of same, T.J. Ford, played the final five minutes and missed all three shots he took.
One-dimensional offence kills Raptors

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It's almost fitting that if the Raptors die, in this game if not this series, they do so because the jumpers stayed out. This is exactly what they are and have been for a while Ė a jump-shooting team that has precious few options when they aren't connecting from outside.

They can't get much more from Chris Bosh than they got in this one. He scored his playoff career-high 39 points and engaged in plenty of hand-to-hand combat with Dwight Howard, who was a force again with 16 rebounds and eight blocks. The next-best total for a Raptor was 12 points, achieved by three men by nickels and dimes; they combined for 1-for-7 shooting behind the arc.
Some Game 4 thoughts, and where are the questions?

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Action: Bargnaniís three opens game
Reaction: Downhill from there

A lot of us figured this would be a series that turned on three-point shooting and the pivotal game bore that out.

There is no way in the world the Raptors can win shooting 2-for-15 from downtown. Bargnani had his, Kapono had one and thatís it?

I know Sam said Friday that 34 attempts in Game 3 were too many, but 15 is too few. Give the Magic credit, there sure weren't too many open looks for the Raptors; they stayed home on shooters for the most part.


Contracts? Magic coach pays no heed

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Reason No. 189 to like Orlando head coach Stan Van Gundy: Asked if he felt that Rashard Lewis' 27-point, 13-rebound performance yesterday validated the six-year, $118-million US contract the Magic forked over to him last summer, Van Gundy had the perfect answer.

"There is not one person employed by an NBA team that is not overpaid," Van Gundy began. "C'mon now. What they pay me? I coach basketball, I'm not saving the world or anything.
Season goin' south

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"We've got to fight like the dickens," said Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell, following his club's 106-94 defeat yesterday at the Air Canada Centre. "We've got to go out kicking and screaming."

"There's nothing brilliant I can tell you other than we've got to focus and remember that we came within a shot of winning down there in Game 2," he added, "so we know that we are capable of playing well there."
Ride over for Lone Raptor?

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In the fourth quarter, it was Jameer Nelson torching Jose Calderon, evening the point guard battle in Toronto. Calderon picked the wrong time to play one of his weakest games of the season. He didn't score much, didn't defend much, didn't create much.

He wasn't alone.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Game 4 went down the tubes when Moon injured his groin. We were up by what?7-8 points and were rolling. Fuckin mop girl, f-u biatch! Do your damn job!
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