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Old 04-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Saturday, April 21 @ 12:30pm et New Jersey Nets @ Toronto Raptors
Tuesday, April 24 @ 7pm et New Jersey Nets @ Toronto Raptors
Friday, April 27 @ 7pm et Toronto Raptors @ New Jersey Nets
Sunday, April 29 @ 7:30pm et Toronto Raptors @ New Jersey Nets
*Tuesday, May 1 New Jersey Nets @ Toronto Raptors
*Friday, May 4 Toronto Raptors @ New Jersey Nets
*Sunday, May 6 New Jersey Nets @ Toronto Raptors
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Toronto Raptors
Team Page | Roster | Stats
Regular Season Record: 47-35
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
PPG Leader: Chris Bosh (22.6)
RPG Leader: Chris Bosh (10.8)
APG Leader: T.J. Ford (7.9)

Team Analysis: Easily the biggest surprise in the NBA this season. The Raptors used the top pick in the draft, a key trade and a couple of European free agent signings to jump from cellar dweller to division winner seemingly overnight. The Raptors have a deep bench and a balanced offensive attack that has helped them weather a lot of injuries. This is a young team that should only get better in the coming years.

Back Court: Acquired in the off-season, point guard T.J. Ford has fit right in as the team's top playmaker and second scoring option. Anthony Parker, who was playing in Europe last season, is a solid defender and clutch shooter from long range. Newly acquired Juan Dixon can light it up off the bench, while Jose Calderon is a much-improved shooter and can run the offence as well as Ford.

Front Court: Chris Bosh took the leap this year from good, young player to all-star starter. He is one of the rare 20-10 players in the NBA and the definite leader of this team. Morris Peterson and Joey Graham split time at small forward. Both are decent defender, but Peterson is the better scoring option. Rasho Nesterovic is a steady force at centre, but is not terribly flashy. Rookie Andrea Bargnani has developed quickly and is now a key part of this offence. Unfortunately, Jorge Garbajosa suffered a terrible injury late in the season and will not return for the playoffs.


New Jersey Nets
Team Page | Roster | Stats
Regular Season Record: 41-41
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
PPG Leader: Vince Carter (25.3)
RPG Leader: Jason Kidd (8.2)
APG Leader: Jason Kidd (9.2)

Team Analysis: For the first time in recent memory, the New Jersey Nets are not the Atlantic Division champs. Injuries are the likely culprit, but an aging point guard and a porous defence are also factors. Still, the Nets have loads of playoff experience and should not be taken lightly.

Back Court: Despite being a little long in the tooth, Jason Kidd is still an elite playmaker. He is a point guard who leads his team in rebounding and is among the league leaders in assists. What Kidd lacks in scoring touch is made up by shooting guard Vince Carter. Carter is electric offensively, but is invisible on the defensive end. Rookie Marcus Williams has played well behind Kidd, while Antoine Wright can fill it up when Carter needs a rest.

Front Court: Small forward Richard Jefferson has been banged up this season, but his combination of offence and defence is key for the Nets. Mikki Moore has been a pleasant surprise at power forward with his high percentage scoring and adequate rebounding. Jason Collins starts at centre, but he doesn't provide much outside of steady defence. Cliff Robinson, Bostjan Nachbar and Josh Boone chip in off the bench.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This should be a very interesting series. Vince Carter coming back to his first home. I'm picking the Raptors in 6 games.
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Old 04-21-2007, 02:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I'm looking forward to this series. With the Leafs out, the Raps have the Toronto stage to themselves (sort of ... the NHL playoffs will obviously still hold the media attention), and I'm expecting a great atmosphere at the ACC. A Toronto "sea of red" mercilously booing Vince.

I really love the way the Raptors play, it's very entertaining, not to mention effective. I'm picking them to win this series as well.
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I picked em as well, but its not going to be easy. Say what you want about Vince Carter, he can hurt you when he puts him mind to it. Then add Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson, both alone can take over a game.

Should be fun, and it all starts in 6hrs
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Not quite the start to the series that I envisioned! Hopefully they come back strong in game 2. Today was the first playoff game ever for most of the Raps ... next game they should be a little more prepared.
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series tied at 1-1. Lets go raps.
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Do or die tonight. I haven't completely lost faith yet, but I'm starting to view this years playoffs as more of a learning experience than an actual opportunity for success for this young Raps team. Here's hoping they prove me wrong.
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I guess I was giving the home town bias prediction, but deep down I had a feeling this would be the result. The nets have 3 all stars in Carter, Kidd and Jefferson, it is also my hope that the team learns from this wonderfull experience. Hopefully they can extend the series tonight. tho god only knows why anyone would want to return to Joisey
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Nets won. That sucked but it wasn't all bad for the Raps. Bargnani and Bosh and most of the Raps got valuable playoff experience. Better luck next year.
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