Thursday, April 13

Toronto 96 Orlando 103

The hapless Toronto team registered its 10th straight loss via Orlando . The Raptors stayed with the Magic until the first half of the ballgame ( 55-54 ) . The second half was a different story. Brian Hill made the necessary adjustments allowing Orlando to pull the victory. He is an effective coach . Maybe the Raptors can get somebody like him - the right blend of experience , toughness and karma power.
He suspended Francis and eventually worked for his trade to the Knicks. Brian Hill was the coach of the Vancouver Grizzlies, a team Francis snubbed to play for Houston. What goes around ...

Brian was the coach of Orlando when Penny Hardaway got him
succesfully ' kicked ' out . After that , Penny's career went brianhill. I mean downhill.

With Mike James' shooting guns silenced (21 pts. but only 4 pts. in the 2nd half ) while Magic's Nelson ( 27 pts.) firing at all cylinders , it became easy sailing for Orlando. Another one of Orlando 's weapon was the lob pass from the high post. Dwight Howard ( 14 pts.) and Tony ( 16 pts. ) had a field day dunking the ball following a lob pass from Hedo Turkoglu.

Tony Battie's case is interesting. He was a high 1st round draft pick by Denver who had a hard time in his early years. His coach then , called him Il Busto or the Bust. Tony was eventually traded to Boston . He then played for Cleveland before finding a home, Orlando, where he just signed a 4 year contract extension.
I think a similar fate awaits Hoffa Araujo outside Toronto. It might be in other NBA cities or maybe in his native Brazil or elsewhere as long as it is not in Iraq .

Tony Battie
240 lbs.
Center / Forward
no 5 in 1997 draft

Rafael Araujo
290 lbs.
no.7 in 2003 draft

Vince's Line

Vince had 21 pts., 3 rebounds and 6 assists in 31 mins. of play .
Score : NJ 96 Philadelphia 116.

American Idol . Another One Bites The Dust

It's Bucky time to go as the idol hopeful got the least number of votes in the latest edition of American Idol. The theme was Queens and it does'nt quite suit his style. And so another one bites the dust as the Queens' song goes .

The NBA playoff picture in the Eastern conference is not as set yet . Three teams are fighting for the 8th spot . These are Chicago ( 37-41 ) , Philadelphia ( 37-41 ) , and Orlando ( 34-44 ) with 4 games left. My pick is the Sixers because they are the most competitive , I think. Chicago doesn't have Luo Deng and Duhon while Orlando is too far behind.

NBA TV Analyst , Mad Dog Carter , thinks 38 wins is the magic number. If the Sixers - Iverson , Webber and the rest of the gang - put their act together , it might spring some surprises in the playoff.
First , they must make the playoff.

Otherwise , the Sixers deserved to be deep sixed.


Anonymous Jose'S cREW said...

yeh, we need an experienced coach. sam is too raw. to handle a young team , its better to have a coach who's been to many battles .

12:19 PM  
Anonymous cb3 said...

Orlando was unstopble at the center because Bosh was not around . Last time ou , the Raptors beat them handily. Its not the coaching.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Sam the man said...

Hoffa can find happiness in Indiana. He wiil fit into coach Carlisle's system like Miller did. The Pacers are doing an overhaul after this season. Maybe we can trade him for Jackson.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Steph N said...

I feel bad for Philly but I just have a feeling they are going to miss out on the postseason. They almost playing the same teams down the finish line. Philly will have a tough time with Miami and NJ, probably beat Orlando (team playing with lots confidence) and Charlotte.

Chicago on the other hand has Washington (will be a good game), a Miami loss and maybe 1 out of 2 from Orlando and Toronto. Orlando could really mess things up for these 2 teams because of their frontline, they've won like 5 straight.

Mad dog Carter is cool, gotta love that smokers voice. And Hoffa should be banned from this country...can't wait for him to get out of town.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

The last 4 games are actually rest days for the stars of the teams. Last Wed.night's game between the Nets and the Sixers was a joke. NJ gave away the game.
That is not important .What concerns me more is what the Raptors plan to do with the coaching situstion.
Sam is a hard working coach. What the Raptors need is a smart working one !

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Game Day said...

Sam is a good coach. I think the Raptors need time to nurture and develop . It is only the 3rd year after this season . Let the Management evaluate him after the third year.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

You need to swith to the Leafs!

1:16 PM  

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