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Post#1 GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:50 am by Bo Outlaw

Quick Emergency Game Thread

Magic Starters
Jameer Nelson
JJ Redick
Aaron Afflalo
Glen "Big Baby" Davis
Nikola Vucevic

Raptors Starters
Calderon
Derozan
McGuire
Bargnani
Valanciunas

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By MATT BEARDMORE
Posted Nov 17 2012 10:29PM

The return of point guard Jameer Nelson gave the Orlando Magic a much-needed offensive boost.

The Toronto Raptors need to do something to fix their defensive woes.

Orlando looks to build off its first victory in nearly two weeks on Sunday when the host Raptors try to get back on track before hitting the road again.

Out since injuring his groin and hamstring in the season opener, Nelson returned Friday to score 13 points and hand out 10 assists in a 110-106 victory at Detroit.

The Magic (3-5) averaged 79.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting while losing their previous five contests.

"This is so big for us," Nelson told the Magic's official website after the team opened its three-game trip. "It's tough to win any NBA game, but on the road it's even tougher. They made some runs and we got tougher and stopped them. So this is really big for us."

Orlando received some bad news this week when it learned that Hedo Turkoglu could be out past December after suffering a broken left hand in the opener, but the team has been getting a nice scoring punch from J.J. Redick.

Inserted into the starting lineup three games ago by rookie coach Jacque Vaughn, Redick is scoring a career-best 15.8 points per game - second on the team to Arron Afflalo (16.5) - after hitting three 3-pointers and finishing with a team-best 23 on Friday.

"He's a guy when he shoots I think it's going in every single time," Vaughn said of Redick, who averaged 15.3 points as Orlando won all three matchups with Toronto for its first season sweep in this series since 1996-97.

The Magic could make plenty of shots, and win for the sixth time in seven visits to Toronto, if the Raptors (2-7) can't clamp down defensively. They are yielding 101.3 points per game.

"Until we get a rhythm defensively and take pride in our defense, stopping with our man-to-man and not have to play zone for such a long period of time, that's when we're going to be ok," coach Dwane Casey said after Saturday's 107-89 loss at Boston.

Toronto will have to keep running its offense through backup point guard Jose Calderon as starter Kyle Lowry will likely be out another week or two with a bruised bone in his right foot. He's missed the last five games.

The Raptors, who open a three-game trip Tuesday against Philadelphia, are also going to need DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani to help pick up the slack with Landry Fields (right elbow) and rookie swingman Alan Anderson (torn plantar fascia) out.

DeRozan is scoring a team-best 20.0 points per game, but he's scored 10 or fewer three times after finishing with 10 against the Celtics.

Bargnani's inconsistency still has Casey wondering what type of numbers the former No. 1 draft pick is going to put up on a nightly basis. The Italian big man is averaging 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last three games after totaling 48 points and 14 rebounds in the previous two.

"I don't care if a guy's a rah-rah guy or jump-up-and-down guy, as long as he's putting the ball in the hole or rebounding or playing defense," Casey said.

Magic forward Glen Davis posted his fourth double-double of the season Friday with 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds, while teammate Nikola Vucevic recorded his fifth - and third straight - with 11 points and 13 boards.



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Post#2 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:00 pm by AdamTheGreek

Raptors are the more tired group after their Celtics beating yesterday. Need to pounce early. Jameer and Calderon meet again. :lol:
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Post#3 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:25 pm by thelead

We should win this game with Lowry out.
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Post#4 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:34 pm by AdamTheGreek

Keep an eye on Valanciunas. It's his bobblehead day and it's also apparently Lithuanian Heritage Day.
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Post#5 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:34 pm by Jiwol

Well, I think we're gonna win this. Vuc & BBD should have a field day with their interior defense. I hope Magic build big lead so we can see some more Nicholson and Harkless.
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Post#6 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:48 pm by Def Swami

AdamTheGreek wrote:Keep an eye on Valanciunas. It's his bobblehead day and it's also apparently Lithuanian Heritage Day.

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Post#7 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:09 pm by MitchellUK

Going to the game today. Very excited, and in fact should probably get my ass in gear and start walking down there.
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Post#8 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:09 pm by ChosenSavior

Good job on coming through on the game thread Bo. Play smart, play fast and play together. As long as we do that, we will get the win. I want to see Baby and Vucci dominate this front line from the start and have Drew finish them off in his hometown...LET'S GET IT!!! 8-)
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Post#9 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:09 pm by ChosenSavior

MitchellUK wrote:Going to the game today. Very excited, and in fact should probably get my ass in gear and start walking down there.


Represent us well... :D
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Post#10 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:16 pm by AdamTheGreek

Uh oh. Redick is out sick. DeQuan starts at SG with Afflalo at SF again.
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Post#11 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:21 pm by Zmill

AdamTheGreek wrote:Uh oh. Redick is out sick. DeQuan starts at SG with Afflalo at SF again.


Damn it really? JJ always seems to go off against the Raptors. I expect Affalo to do the same anyways though I guess.
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Post#12 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:27 pm by Jiwol

Not good but we'll win regardless.
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Post#13 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:35 pm by otownflava21

AdamTheGreek wrote:Uh oh. Redick is out sick. DeQuan starts at SG with Afflalo at SF again.


Oh boy.

Oh well, at least we know we will be seeing more of the rookies.
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Post#14 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:36 pm by otownflava21

Dequan hasnt played in a long time so thats actually a good thing he's getting to play today.
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Post#15 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:37 pm by J the Drafter

AdamTheGreek wrote:Uh oh. Redick is out sick. DeQuan starts at SG with Afflalo at SF again.

Shouldn't that be DeQuan at small forward and Afflalo at shooting guard?
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Post#16 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:43 pm by Cigamodnalro

I may be in the minority, but I'd rather have Afflalo at his natural position with Redick as our high production player off the bench than start Afflalo out of position against guys as many as six inches taller than him just to get Redick into the SL.

I'm personally excited to watch Afflalo produce against someone more his size tonight.
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Post#17 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:47 pm by JF5

Game of the week ladies and gentlemen ;)
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Post#18 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:54 pm by cedric76

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Post#19 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:05 pm by backasswards

cedric76 wrote:any good streaming link?

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Post#20 Re: GT:Orlando(3-5) @ Toronto(2-7)
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:06 pm by Cigamodnalro

Johnny Davis and Tom Sterner are both Raptors Assistant Coaches #whoknew
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