Wednesday April 1 2009 – 9:48pm Eastern (Orlando, FL)

Raptors @ Magic

Final Score:
99-95, Raptors

“Alice Fazoolis” Player of the Game:
24 points
12 rebounds
3 assists
3 blocks
10/20 FG

“Smith and Jones” Player of the Game:
17 points
15 rebounds
6 assists
8/13 FG

Shout-out to the Magic:
30 points
9 rebounds
3 steals
10/16 FG
10/21 FT

Stats and Notes that stood out:
- Orlando came into this game in the top 10 in the NBA in both offence and defence (3RD in the league in opponent’s FG%)
- Toronto went on a 12-2 run late in the 3RD to open up their largest lead of the game at 11 points
- Andrea Bargnani fouls out with 7:01 to go in the 4TH and Jay Triano goes with Joey Graham on Dwight Howard — muscle versus muscle but a definite “size” mismatch (though Joey G plays well at the 4)
- Little bench scoring for BOTH teams:  10 (Orlando), 13 (Toronto)
- *21* free throw attempts for Howard (10/21 FT)
- Toronto out-rebounds the Magic 49-35

Thumbs Up:
- Clutch play.  Down the stretch Toronto would bend but not break.  They didn’t relinquish the lead.  Anytime the Magic got close (within 1 … or tying it), the Raps would punch back and extend the lead.

Thumbs Down:
- Turnovers.  Toronto coughed-up 16 turnovers leading to 21 Magic points

Smith says:
- “Toronto is playing with the kind of swagger we’ve barely seen this season.  Winning cures all, doesn’t it?” 

Jones says:
- “It’s amazing what confidence will do.”

“V-Tech” 3-In-To-Win Give-Away:
The Raptors were 4 of 8 from 3PT range

Next game:
- Raptors @ Knicks
– Saturday April 4 2009
- Tune in at 12:30pm for the pre-game show and just after 1:00pm Eastern for the “Pizza Pizza” starting line ups

E. Smith

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26 Responses to “Raps Come Up BIG In Orlando”
  1. 1.

    Next year the Raptors NEED to KEEP!
    *Trade Kapono, Graham, and Parker for a guy like John Salmons or Ben Gordon with a sign and trade OR… get KEVIN MARTIN!

    - Raps Fan
  2. 2.

    Where was this LAST YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    - Mr. General Manger
  3. 3.

    I absolutely love how they’re playing as of late. It just makes it all the more hard to think what could have been had they started to gel just A LITTLE bit earlier….

    We will never know what the full potential of this team would have been since next year’s team will be totally different.

    - BP
  4. 4.

    Guess I am still a dumb Raptors fan.

    Turned on the TV. Saw Bosh make the three and the Raptors win. I had a moment of happiness.

    - Miles
  5. 5.

    Where has this swagger been? Did they get MJ “Secret Stuff” from the Space Jam Movie? They were playing like the “Looney Tunes” all year and now the are “Monstars!”. Have to admit that Jose put his best CB4 impression during the post game. LOL 5 in a row. Is there a “Goose egg” coming? I hope not!

    - Lanny from Whitby
  6. 6.

    Raps shiould trade Bosh for 1st rd pick and draft Terrance Williams & Dejaun Blair.

    Williams is simillar to Marion & Blair is a beast inside & would be a great fit next to Bargnani.

    Starting 5 Calderon, Williams, Marion, Blair & Bargnani.

    - DMillar
  7. 7.


    Remember we talked about the NBA villains during the pre-season? Well, here’s something that made me chuckle…”Rasheed Wallace suspended for one game after receiving his 16th technical”! Sheed is really the man! just doesn’t disappoint you when you are expecting a T from him. He has got to be the biggest villain in the history of NBA. What do you think?

    - Beburg
  8. 8.

    Rebounding was toronto’s problem all season and part of last so why now are these players winning the rebounding totals every night the past week or two?

    - Rob from brantford
  9. 9.

    As of this morning…Here’s the math. Raps have 8 games left; Bulls-6; Pistons-7. IF the Raps win all 8, that would give them 37 wins.(Pretty lousy but in the east that MIGHT get you in). At 36 wins, Detroit and Chicago need only 2 wins in their remaining games to “clinch”. So I guess the “tragic” number is 2…Any combination of Bulls or Pistons wins and Raptor losses equalling 2, and raps are done like dinners. I’m not sure how a tie at 36 or 37 wins would work.

    - jim
  10. 10.

    Seriously, other than maybe saving the coaches job, these wins mean little.

    Anyone can win with little pressure on them.

    I’m not fooled at all. This team still needs a major overhaul.

    - Steve-O from Waterdown
  11. 11.

    It’s always such a rush to see them win. Even when they are out of it.

    - PJ
  12. 12.

    If the Raptors had lost, I think all we’d be talking about is phantom fouls and how the officials tries as hard as they could to help Orlando win this game.

    EVERY time someone approached Howard, FOUL against any Raptor in the vicinity.

    And what about Jose getting hacked TWICE and then the ball went off him out of bounds in the lat minute.

    Seems to me that the last time these two teams played, Howard got every call and Bosh none again.

    It was justice that Bosh pulled it out this time on what looked like a bit of a broken play; you don’t plan for him to jack it up contestd from basically the tree point line.

    Great win that can be negated by losses to the lousy Knicks this weekend.

    Go Raps

    - Gary
  13. 13.

    i just noticed that half of the remainig games left on the schedule is on TSN2. :(

    - Tony
  14. 14.

    TSN 2 is the worst thing to happen to the Raptors since the Vince Carter trade. You can watch the games online though.

    I love the raps, like the wins but it pains me to see them slip away from a top 10 pick. This year is lost. Don’t tank it but play the 2nd unit more and hope for a higher draft pick.

    - Mehket
  15. 15.

    When someone reminded me Raps, Leafs and Blue Jays had all won on April 1, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke , but miracles do happen I guess.
    Let’s give the Raps credit for a nice road win over a good team .
    Maybe Raps have figured something out and we have bounced off the bottom like the stock market .
    Don’t you think it would be fun to keep the streak going as long as possible? a 13-game win streak . What is the Rap’s team record for winning streak ?
    I agree Triano is making Colangelo’s desire to keep him easier to sell to MLSE and fans .
    Raps could climb over Knicks and Nets in standings .
    I’d rather see Raps finish strong with good team morale than fading without effort .
    The whole season could all be part of Colangelo’s 5 year Plan that he will ultimately reveal to us .

    - Chas Calz
  16. 16.

    I feel really bad for the handful of excited Raptors fans.

    Do you think anyone in any of the other 29 NBA cities, has an inkling of the fact the Raps have won 5 in a row?

    No one knows because no one cares. And no one cares because the Raps are no more of a deep playoff threat now than they were a month ago.

    These games are totally pointless. And while I do not believe in teams tanking games, the only legacy of this win streak will be a lower pick in the draft.

    This implications, however, of this win streak may be far reaching. Particularly so for an arrogant, self obsessed GM like Colangelo, this win streak have the ability to distort a lot of this team’s weaknesses. We’ve been here before — the management will believe this is the “real” team, so few changes need to be made.

    And when they miss the playoff again next year, we’ll be stuck in this exact same spot.

    This team needs to be rebuilt, so that it has the potential to finish Top 4. Squeezing into the playoffs, only to lose in the first round, is completely pointless.

    We’ve been down that road far too many times.

    - brento
  17. 17.

    Quick question if you will try and speculate:

    Obviously we can’t go into next season with Jake V, Nathan Jawai and O’Bryant, all big bodies, sitting on the bench waiting for cleanup minutes. Throw in Hump and you have too many big men who all bring basically the same thing (Humphries a bit more of an energy guy but then you have Joey G)

    Who goes? We need better QUALITY depth on the bench.

    - Gary
  18. 18.

    Like who Gary?

    - Raps Fan
  19. 19.

    It’s hard to fathom why fans are actually excited about this 5 game win streak? I don’t know man??? I think it’s pretty sad that they’re actually showing consistent effort in the last 10-12 games of the season – where was this consistent effort throughout the year? I remember Joey G on ‘hoops’ not too long ago talking about players needing to “care,” and “look in the mirror.” Does the credit for this turn around in play all go to a D-leauger…SAD!! (although I’m happy for Jay that his players finally started showing up…I don’t think BC will be fooled about this roster because this mini winning streak…he know changes MUST be made).

    - Mr. T
  20. 20.

    Raps Fan:

    To answer your question…how about getting rid of all the Raptors bench players (or starters) who either have nothing to contribute and or have most likely tapped out on all of their potential talents.

    Jason Kapono
    Joey Graham
    Kris Humphries
    Jake Voskhul
    Nathan Jawai
    Anthony Parker
    Marcus Banks
    Quincy Douby
    Patrick O’Bryant

    None of these guys has any future in the NBA…at least not on a good playoff team.

    The only guys I would keep from the current roster are:

    Andrea Bargnani
    Jose Calderon
    Roko Ukic
    Pops Mensah-Bonsu

    And Chris Bosh should absolutely be traded. Because there’s no chance I would be signing him to a max contract, and I would hate to see him leave the Raps, with us getting nothing in return.

    Chris Bosh, earning max on a team at or under the salary cap, will kill your chances of going deep into the playoffs. He simply doesn’t handle the ball enough, inspire his fellow teammates, or hit critical shots during the last moments of a close game.

    He’s a nice complementary player (very similar to a guy like Lamar Odom or Rashard Lewis), but will never lead a good team (and we don’t have the Kobe or Howard guy to lead our team). And the Raps will likely never spend more than the salary cap.

    This team cannot make Chris Bosh the focal point of our franchise.

    - brento
  21. 21.

    Brento….I absolutely, 100% agree with you on who you keep and who you get rid of. Bosh is a nice player but any GM who’s going to give him a max contract (which I’m sure he’s going to get) will be regretting giving him not only the money but the years that go along with it. However, I’d keep Parker, but for less than what he’s making and he would be coming off my bench.

    - Mr. T
  22. 22.

    Brento….you might wanna switch up that trade. Bargnani can’t rebound and him just getting points is nothing when his defense isn’t anything. Trade him and one or two of the guys you have on the list. Bosh stays and we should bring in someone like J.R. Smith, Ben Gordon and oh…we have a draft so Earl Clark or DeMar DeRozan.

    - BOJACK
  23. 23.

    “or hit critical shots during the last moments of a close game.”

    DID YOU WATCH THE ORLANDO GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    - Raps Fan
  24. 24.

    Chris Bosh is a GREAT PLAYER

    - Raps Fan
  25. 25.

    Raps Fan:

    Have you watched the last season and a half?

    So short sighted, my little young one…so short sighted…

    One shot against a team with absolutely NO reason to win, a team that looked as though they hadn’t slept in a month…simply means nothing.

    I get the feeling you haven’t watched a lot of basketball. You don’t even have to look far to find a couple season FILLED with last second Raptors wins — even though he ended up combusting, Vince Carter did it over and over and over. When he was in his prime, and the game was on the line…his teammates just gave him the ball, and watched him go to work.

    Don’t you remember MJ? Haven’t you watched Kobe?

    Now those guys are winners. Give ‘em the rock…and enjoy the show.

    Bosh? Gimme a break — he’s a power forward. He barely touches the ball.

    Oh, and by the way…if Chris Bosh is a “great” player, the NBA is now officially filled with dozens of great players. Because he wouldn’t be in my Top 100 players of the past decade.

    You want great players?

    How about Kobe, Shaq, Garnett, Bird, Magic, MJ. The list goes on and on before you find Chris Bosh’s name.

    I highly suggest you check out You Tube before you make a comment like “Bosh is a great player”.

    Gimme a break.

    - brento
  26. 26.

    He’s a ‘nice’ player…we reserve the word ‘Great,’ for the great ones. But then again, it’s a matter of symantics.

    - Mr. T
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