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Sam Mitchell’s staying (for now) + Other stuff from getaway day

Let’s get the good/bad news out of the way depending on which side of the Mitchell war you’re on. Bryan Colangelo has given Sam Mitchell the vote of confidence and says he has no plans of dismissing a “playoff coach” and that even the idea is “ludicrous”. To those of you who think Mitchell was… Read more »

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Offense chokes in the fourth as Raptors exit NBA playoffs

Toronto Raptors 92, Orlando Magic 102 As I watched the final two minutes tick away on mute I realized that this was my least favorite Raptors team ever. Yes, even worse than that third year crew that went 16-66. It’s probably because with that team there were no expectations or hype, just a hope to… Read more »

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Just win, baby!

For all practical purposes this series is over, the chance of a Raptors series win is 1.69% since only 2 out of 118 teams have come back to win after taking a a 3-1 deficit on the road. I can also guarantee you that those two teams didn’t have a defense that could be broken… Read more »

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Eventually the Magic were going to make their threes

Orlando Magic 106, Toronto Raptors 94 The thing we feared finally happened, Orlando started hitting their threes. They were getting wide open looks for the fourth game in a row and it was only a matter of time before they started going in. That time came in the second half of Game 4 where the… Read more »

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Series hinges on pivotal Game 4

The good feelings after Game 3 should be wearing off by now and the stark reality should be setting in. If we don’t win pivotal Game 4, this series is practically over. A repeat performance is very much needed and there’s little reason to believe that it can’t happen. The Magic will no doubt come… Read more »

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Game 3: Raptors fight past Magic but its only one game

Orlando Magic 94, Toronto Raptors 108 Excellent performance, great win, but the job’s not yet done. Before we get carried away we need to realize that this game will mean little if we have a letdown on Saturday and head back to Orlando down 3-1. I’ll just say a few more words of caution before… Read more »

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Game 3 Preview: Sea of Red looks to even series

It’s do or die time, no exaggeration. If we lose Game 3, there won’t even be a point in continuing in the series and we may as well empty out the bench and get Maceo Baston some playoff experience in Game 4. The Raptors have their backs against the perennial wall but lucky for them… Read more »

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Game 2 Preview: A chance to right some wrongs

A tough one to swallow that Game 1, but if anything came out of it, it was that we did outscore the Magic 77-71 in the final three quarters and did something right. Needless to stay a better first quarter and a strong-minded defensive effort is required tonight in Orlando. The Game 1 fallout has… Read more »

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Game 1: Horrible defense, lack of plan kills off Raptors

Toronto Raptors 100, Orlando Magic 114 The Magic came out with a plan. The Raptors came out with nothing. In addition to said nothing they also came out with a defensive attitude so complacent that instead of setting a tone for the series in the first quarter, they allowed the Magic to dominate and establish… Read more »