Magic vs Raptors: What Didn't Work
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Editor-in-Chief, Magic Illustrated
Posted Mar 5, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

The Magic let an undermanned Toronto team playing without Chris Bosh hang with them for most of the night before they finally took over in the fourth period, en route to their 102-87 victory. Here are a few things that the Magic could have done better.

1. Glass work- The Magic were outrebounded by the Raptors, who were playing without their leading rebounder Chris Bosh. Toronto controlled the glass, 47-41, and allowed Orlando just 2 offensive rebounds.

2. Carlos Arroyo on D- Arroyo was schooled mercilessly by the Toronto point guards, as T.J. Ford scored 20 points off the bench, and Jose Calderon added 14, mostly while being guarded by Arroyo. Keyon Dooling needs to get healthy quickly if the Magic are going to be able to compete with some of the better teams in the league.

3. Free throw shooting- Orlando shot 70% from the free throw line as they hit on 14 out of 20 shots. 70% isn’t horrible, but it won’t get it done against an elite opponent.

4. Bench play- The Magic didn’t receive much from their bench on this evening as the Toronto reserves outscored Orlando, 40-22.

5. Another tough night by Evans- Maurice Evans struggled on both ends of the court as he shot just 1-7 from the field (0-4 from behind the three point line) for just 2 points. Evans was schooled repeatedly by Raptors guard Anthony Parker, who scored 17 points in the first half.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius Radio, MySpace Sports and Charlie is also a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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