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« on: December 20, 2008, 09:39:44 am »
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10-15? What on earth is going on with this high-hopes Toronto Raptors basketball club? Losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder? No, not good. The Raptors have to take their game to the next level. I and problay all Raptor fans wanted and expected more out of this basketball team. Not starting 10-15, not playing like crap and not losing to the worst team in the league! The Raptors need to pick-up a win here against a tough San Antonio Spurs Team. [Game Thread Right Here By Ballfreak]
Toronto Raptors 10-16 @ San Antonio Spurs 15-10
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NBA.com Game Preview:
http://www.nba.com/games/20081220/TORSAS/preview.html
Game Information:
Date: Saturday December 20, 2008
Media: The Score [HD], MY35 [HD], FAN 590, 1200 WOAI
Tip-Off: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: AT&T Center


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 Starting 5 Lineups: San Antonio Spurs (Subject to Change)

 G: F: C:

 PG: Tony Parker
 SG: Roger Mason
 SF: Michael Finley
 PF: Tim Duncan
 C: Matt Bonner

 Off the Bench:

 PG: George Hill / Jacque Vaughn
 SG: Manu Ginobili
 SF: Bruce Bowen / Ime Udoka
 PF: Kurt Thomas / Anthony Tolliver
 C: Fabrico Oberto / Ian Mahinmi

 Head Coach: Gregg Popovich



 Starting 5 Lineups: Toronto Raptors (Subject to Change)

 G: F: C:

PG: Jose Calderon
SG: Jason Kapono
SF: Jamario Moon
PF: Chris Bosh
C: Jermaine O'Neal

 Off the Bench:

PG: Roko Ukic / Will Solomon
SG: Anthony Parker / Hassan Adams
SF: Joey Graham
PF: Andrea Bargnani / Jake Voshkul
C: Kris Humphries / Nathan Jawai
 
 Head Coach: Jay Triano

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 Key Matchups: PG

 Tony Parker vs Jose Calderon

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 This is going to be a great matchup. Tony Parker has been playing great basketball since coming back from injury. But Jose Calderon also has been playing great basketball, averaging 13 Points per night and 9 Assists per night. Parker is averaging 20 Points and 7 Assists per game. This is going to be a hard nose French vs Spanish rivalry. Cannot wait to see these to go at it.

 Key Matchups: SG

 Roger Mason vs Jason Kapono

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 I know that this is not the best matchup, but what else was I supposed to do? Jamario Moon and Micheal Finley? I don't know I just chose this one. It is going to be interesting to see Roger Mason play, he has been playing great basketball for his team and is going to have his hands full with the sharp shooting Jason Kapono.

 Key Matchups: PF

 Tim Duncan vs Chris Bosh

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 Save the best matchup for last why don't you? This is going to be a great one. Tim Duncan probaly one of if not the best PF of all time to ever play in this league, but he is going to have a tough match guarding the young and talented Chris Bosh. Bosh is an amazing Foward who has been strugling of late. This is going to have to be a good game for Bosh.

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 Key Bench Players: San Antonio Spurs

 
| Manu Ginobili | 15.2 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 4.0 RPG |
 I think Gregg Poppavic has done a great job bring Bruce and Manu off the bench. It was hard for me to pick between Bowen and Manu, but Manu has just been playing great, I see a big game for Manu.

 Key Bench Players: Toronto Raptors

 
| Anthony Parker | 9.3 PPG | 3.0 RPG | 2.2 APG |
 Personally I don't like the idea of bringing Parker off the bench, but Jay Triano does so what can I do? Im hoping for a big game from AP against the Spurs.

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 Game X Factors: ballfreak™

 
| Matt Bonner | 8.3 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 1.0 APG |

 Game X Factors: MoGrady

 
| Andrea Bargnani | 10.0 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 1.0 APG |

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 Keys to Success:

1. Contain Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan always seems to play well against the Raptors. I expect him to continue playing well but the Raptors must try to slow him down if the want to win this game
2. Bench Play
The Spurs have a really strong bench, Manu, Bowen, Kurt , Hill ext the Raptors bench is not as strong, so they are going to have to step up their game.
3. Play 48 Minutes
The Raptors must play all 48 Minutes (or more) of the game! The cannot play well the whole first half then colaspe in the second. They must play all 48 Minutes.

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 Just for Fun Stats:

The Raptors are 10-16 in the 2008/2009 season.
The Raptors are 5-8 on the road.
The Raptors are 3-2 on back-to-back games.
The Raptors are 5-5 when The Score broadcasts the game.
The Raptors are 1-0 on Saturdays.
The Raptors are 8-13 on night games.
The Raptors are 1-3 when ballfreak™ makes the gamethread.
The Raptors are 0-2 against the Southwest division.
The Raptors are 1-7 against the West.
The Raptors are 0-0 against the Spurs.

 Enjoy The Game Thread.

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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2008, 04:40:55 pm »
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thanks for the really quality pre-game thread ballfreak. i wish the raptors play the spurs all season long. because you make the best of this kind of stuffs
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008, 07:16:41 am »
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Quote from: "MarburySuperfan21"
thanks for the really quality pre-game thread ballfreak. i wish the raptors play the spurs all season long. because you make the best of this kind of stuffs


I also appreciate the quality username change you had, you shouldve made it TDStarbury21 or something.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2008, 12:59:18 pm »
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Quote from: "Beastley Boulevard"
Quote from: "MarburySuperfan21"
thanks for the really quality pre-game thread ballfreak. i wish the raptors play the spurs all season long. because you make the best of this kind of stuffs


I also appreciate the quality username change you had, you shouldve made it TDStarbury21 or something.


i wanted to emphasize the MARBURY and td and starburys accolades dont quit mix
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2008, 01:08:08 am »
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Haha you finally changed your name.

As for the game, watch out Toronto fans, Bonner would be on a payback time mission and would drop 50.
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