GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Magic [Nov 18]

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 90, Magic 103
Game Info

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In a regular season NBA game, when one team shoots 2-14/.143 [3FGM-A] … as Toronto did last night … and the other shoots 11/23/.478 … as Orlando did last night … it is going to be difficult for the first team to come out on top, while getting outscored by 27 Pts from behind the arc, even if that team gets a monster individual performance from its best player [i.e. Chris Bosh] …

 

pos

mp

fgm-a

3fgm-a

ftm-a

+/-

or

dr

tr

ast

pf

st

to

bs

ba

pts

C.Bosh

F

44:46

14-19

0-0

12-16

-7

7

11

18

4

1

2

3

1

1

40

In addition, when the 1st squad is also playing without its Main-frame PG [ i.e. Jose Calderon] … who is one of the best in the business at protecting the ball on behalf of his team, with an astounding AST:TO [approx. 4 to 1] … and is forced to play 48 minutes with an inexperienced primary ball-handler [i.e. either Will Solomon or Roko Ukic] there’s a strong likelihood that it is going to lose the ‘Turnover Battle’, as well … which is precisely what happened last night [Toronto -7/24-17].

Despite the fact that the Magic were also playing short-handed … i.e. without Mickael Pietrus [OG, major UFA acquisition this past off-season] dressed for the game … and failed to win the ‘Battle of the Boards’ [i.e. Orlando -7/37-44], which is rare for this team … once Hedo Turkoglu [F] began to heat up from long distance, in the 4th Q … i.e. 4-6 [3FGM-A/.667] … this game was no longer in doubt, from Orlando’s perspective.

What to learn then from this game, heading forward for the Raptors?

* When they go with their big line-up [i.e. Bargnani, Bosh & O’Neal] vs the Magic, they are more than capable of holding their own on the glass … if Orlando does not have the services of Mickael Pietrus.

* When they do not have Jose Calderon at the helm and are forced to go with one of their PG’s for extended minutes … against a Top Notch in the Eastern Conference …

1. They are going to turn the ball over a lot, on offense; and,
2. Are extremely vulnerable to a 3PT-shooting attack, on defense.

With a 5-5 won-loss record, thus far, and the second half of a back-to-back tonight at Miami, the Raptors will need to avoid both of these two occurrences, to this same degree, if they hope to remain above the .500 mark.

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2 Responses to “GAME REVIEW: Raptors at Magic [Nov 18]”

  1. The AltRaps Blog » Toronto Raptors Linkage for November 19th through November 20th Says:

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  2. Johnn19 Says:

    Blueprint for Andrea Bargnani, Hedo Turkuglo, the reason that Raptors cannot beat Orlando for now.

    Andrea must grow into that kind of all purpose SF, for Raptors to compete with the good teams, as there are no others avail with that potential.

    Moon, Kapono, Graham, Adams = backups/bench emergencie, at best.

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