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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Magic/Raptors preview


  • At 5:54 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic (31-37, 11-23 road, T8th East) will try once again to win two games in a row for the first time since FEB 2nd as they play at TOR (36-31, 23-10 home, 4th East) WED night. TOR is coming off a 92-74 loss at NY SUN, a game in which TOR had a season-low in pts, FG%, and 3 pt FG%. F/C Chris Bosh led TOR with 21 pts.

    TOR is led in scoring by Bosh, averaging 22.7 ppg, 10.4 rebs; G T.J. Ford 14.2 ppg, 7.8 rebs; rookie F and number one overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani 11.5 ppg; G/F Anthony Parker 11.4 ppg; and G Juan Dixon 10.8 ppg since TOR acquired him 12 games ago. TOR averages 98.9 ppg while allowing 98.8 ppg. The Magic average 93.9 ppg, while allowing 94.4 ppg.

    The Magic gained 1/2 game on NJ, IND, and NY, who all lost TUE night. A win over TOR would move the Magic into 7th place. However, TOR has beaten the Magic 3 straight games, and 5 in a row overall. TOR is 2-0 against the Magic this season, including a 113-103 win in ORL last month where Bosh scored a career-high 41 pts, and DHoward scored a career-high 32 pts.

    Coming off one of their best games of the year at MIA, the Magic have not won 2 games in a row on the road since late NOV into early DEC, where they won 4 road games in a row. TOR is a 6 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    How are the raptors going to match-up with our new team? Without any analysis,i expect a magic victory. We still havent played our best basketball,this new rotation is just starting to get playing time together and should get even better with time,if GHill shows up tonight we should beat the raptors because we know what we get from our bench.

  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Of course barring any injury/sickness which was the cause of our last loss,also hedo and battie have to be at least average,they cant be horrible and expect to win.

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Just found out that Raptors rookie and overall number one draft pick Andrea Bargnani had an emergency appendectomy early WED and will miss the next few weeks at least. I never like to see a good player injured in any way, but that's a huge break for the Magic, because Bargnani played very well against the Magic in the previous two meetings. I think he hit something like five 3 pt FGs in the game at ORL.

    I'm not as positive as Big Figure that the Magic will win tonight, even with Bargnani out. The Raptors are coming off a horrible effort SUN against the Knicks and they will no doubt play much better tonight to prove the game they had against the Knicks was a fluke. Also, they have a lot to play for because they are fighting with the Bulls for home court advantage in the first round of their possible playoff matchup.

    I do expect a great effort from the Magic, regardless, tonight... I hope it turns out to be a winning effort.

  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Did you guys see the column by SI NBA writer Ian Thomsen in last week's issue? He wrote about Rashard Lewis, who he says will be the summer's hottest free agent. I wanted to highlight two paragraphs that he wrote in regard to the Magic possibly signing Lewis in the off-season. which are as follows:

    "Teams that could free enough cap space to afford Lewis include the Bobcats, Magic, Hawks, Bucks and Grizzlies. The best fit would be in Orlando, where Lewis would form an imposing, young front line with Dwight Howard and Darko Milicic. The Magic would have to think hard before committing, in a sign-and-trade, more than $80 million to Lewis because such a deal, in combination with extensions for Howard, Milicic and point guard Jameer Nelson, could eventually push its payroll above the luxury-tax threshold.

    But don't put it past Orlando. Owner Rich Devos will take the plunge if he's convinced Lewis can help Howard win a championship. And Lewis can."

    That would be a great line-up! However, I have my doubts if the Magic would sign both Darko and Rashard Lewis, as I'm not sure that Devos would want to get into that luxury tax range.

  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I didnt see those comments,but i expect more of the same from journalists everywhere as we get closer to the summer,i would worry about getting that frontline together and not worry about extending jameer,keyon and travis arent a bad fall back plan.


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