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Raptors - Magic - A night to Forget

Posted on: November 19, 2008 9:44 am
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Well, our fears were realized last night! Jose Calderon is the piece that is holding this team together. Chris Bosh had a monster game and Jermaine O'Neal played a solid game on Dwight Howard and we get our butts handed to us. The Raptors can not continue to turn the ball over and for the third game in a row rack up 20+ T/O’s with 24. That, along with 12 steals and 2 – 14 from outside after missing the first 12 was just too many wasted chances to hold the 10 point lead they worked hard to get. Will Solomon scored 10 points but caused 7 turnovers with only 4 assists. That just won’t cut it in the NBA.

After being + 6 rebounds most of the first half as our front line played tough inside frustrating Dwight Howard and keeping him to 4 points in the first half, something happened and they forgot to stop watching CB try to win the game by himself as they became stagnant on offense with no ball movement at all. The Magic scorers began to just out play our pathetic play on the perimeter. Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis started to hit outside shots and create wide, and I do mean WIDE open looks from the corners. Andrea Bargnani was unable to create any problems as Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick moved the ball and scored at will.

A tough night for the Raptors, but it was good to see that we are getting solid play from our front as we had hoped. The biggest thing we saw last night was how tough it is for Roko Ukic and Will Solomon to step in and be a PG in this league. Redick has taken 3 years to develop from and NCAA star to an adequate replacement for Mickael Pietrus. A very good decision by Van Gundy to start Redick as we could offer him Anthony Parker who looks very tired these days. Jamario Moon and Jason Kapono look so out of place without Jose to create the open shot for them. Both have a long way to go to keep their playing time up as they are quickly becoming liabilities when they are on the floor.

Here’s hoping tonight they will not remember last night against the Heat.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2008 11:00 am
 

Raptors - Magic - A night to Forget

The Raptors are showing signs of something, but I am befuddled as to what the theme in the locker room is most nights. It needs to be Defense not Pylons. This team has many weapons and now that Jermaine O'Neal is showing glimmers of his All-star form, guys like Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon need to step up not fade away. Jason Kapono needs to start hitting those open looks as they have been few and far between with no Jose Calderon. Chris Bosh is playing unreal ball right now and is keeping them close but no one seems to want to step in and take this team over the top and pay the price to win. If Andrea Bargnani can focus more on taking the ball to the hole and beating his man low as he has been able to do when he is not petrified, then I agree that we should not be a middle of the road team.

the Heat will reveal the heart of this team tonight. Dwyane Wade and Michael Beasley must have been drooling when they watched the tapes.

45 turnovers in the last 2 games and 14% from 3 point land last night will stop this team in its tracks. Joey Graham worked hard as did Roko Ukic, but Will Solomon and his 7 turnovers killed us. Bring back Jose if he is healthy, but not unless he is 100%.




Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2008 10:41 am
 

Raptors - Magic - A night to Forget

I was listening to the radio in the car. During the first quarter it sounded like Solomon and Parker were finding O'Neal open inside for the easy 8-10 footers. As mentioned the rebounding was good and there was a balanced offensive attack.
After running a few errands I got home to find that the Raptors were down by 10 and Chris Bosh was the only starter still on the floor. Foul trouble for AB and JO derailed any moment that the Raps had. Bosh's 40 points and 18 rebounds only highlighted the fact that he is the only weapon we have once the opposition starts to put pressure on the perimeter guys. One of the stats that was overshadowed by the turnovers was the pathetic 3pt percentage - 2 of 14.
The Raptors are showing signs of putting it all together, but they need Calderon back real quick before they fall into the middle of the pack.


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