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  1. Originalticketholder

    Magic Vs. Raptors - Friday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M.

    We have two backup guards playing as starters (4 for 19 and 1 for 12 on 3 pointers playing at home). Hopefully Fultz becomes one starter, we need soemone who can shoot as the other. Fournier, after game 2 talked about how poor he and team played and how they wojuld feed off the home crowd energy. Way to show up Evan? With the exception of the last 10 games of the season He has played in the lowest 15% of SG. He needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M.

    Good...that should just feed our energy level. Blowout, poor game in game 2, coming home to a raucous crowd game 3, Raptors will probably not make many adjustments and we will. Normal NBA playoff game would equal a comfortable home win. I like our chances to win this game.
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    Magic @ Raptors - Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M.

    They always say a series does not really start until game 3. We stole a game in their place and did not really outplay them. Time to prove if our play on our home court is for real. Toronto still needs to steal one from us. How big is the next game? Big for us and even bigger for Toronto. If Toronto goes down 2-1 I like their chances to fold. Play hard guys!
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    Magic @ Raptors - Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M.

    Not to mention the motivation of two bad games in a row. Toronto has done a good job of exposing his limitations. Up to him and us to figure out what they are doing and adjust to take advantage of it. I think he will have a better game but that better be true for the entire team. They had the second best record in the East for a reason.....they are a good team who was embarrassed in a game one loss. Did we expect them to roll over? Our turn now to prove we belong and prove game 2 was a fluke. This IS NBA playoff basketball and it is fantastic!!!
  5. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Raptors - Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00 P.M.

    Really not a surprise after Raptors lose game one on their home court. Playoff basketball about game to game adjustments and this one favored Toronto and they executed. They brought the type of energy needed and something we need to learn and bring to the next game. We should come out angry and aggressive on our bhome court. If not this series will be over because their energy level has been greater than ours. Good news is home court is usually worth a 1/2 to 1 energy level over the other team. If Toronto does not bring tonight's level to game 3 they will go down. Easy solution but not always easy to execute. This is what Clifford gets paid for. Find the right buttons to push, challenge his players to dig deep and not accept a loss like tonight ever again...we need to have a chip on our shoulder for game 3...push, shove, fight...no easy baskets. We can get to 3-1 but only if we outfight them,
  6. Originalticketholder

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    And if I were Fultz, watching the fans booing their own team in Philly after game 1, I would be grateful to be out of that city. And, yes an injured former #1 pick in the NBA draft has a ceiling that is unlimited.
  7. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Raptors - Saturday, April 13th at 5:00 P.M.

    Playoff basketball always comes down to adjustments. Toronto will adjust and Lowry will be more involved and score more than zero pints (hard to believe). On another note we played NOT our best game and won. Our adjustments have to get Vuc and Ross in comfortable positions to score and figure out how to do that. I don't think Gordon, even with his focus on defense, will go 3-10 again. So we have some positives on our side. We probably will not hit every important 3 point shot in the 4th quarter of the next game even though I am OK if we do. Great win and we now have home court advantage. Who would have ever thought that.
  8. Originalticketholder

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    One thing I think that is overlooked is that AG, was incredibly young as a one and done, has played on a lottery team, has had a subpar PG, no real All Star, and has still put up really good numbers, improved every year in almost every category, and as mentioned is still only 23. He was described by experts as an offensively raw talent with incredible athleticism. As players develop around him how much higher a ceiling can he have. My feeling is that Philly made a huge "LA Laker type mistake" and gave up on Fultz way too soon like the "tampering" Lakers gave up on Russell. If I am right Fultz can make Gordon and Isaac lethal, and that is not even factoring in Bamba. Yeah you might call this a big "if" but this is the kind of stuff that happens in the NBA all the time with one and dones.
  9. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Hornets - Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00 P.M.

    Thanks and this offseason drama should surround resigning Vuc and/or Ross. If not when we lose Mozgov next year and Fournier's contract comes off the books the following year, we might have real cap room. By that time we also may know what we really need. I do agree that this is not the right timing. I really think we have a special group of players that I want to see grow and develop.
  10. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Hornets - Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00 P.M.

    Thanks. Looked at basketball insiders team salaries and forgot sbout those cap holds. That is Good, though, because if we have to jettison everybody to get Kemba, I would not want to see that. I freally like this team and the potential for what we can become.
  11. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Hornets - Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00 P.M.

    While I agree that it is a not good timing to go after a FA this year your numbers and who needs to be waived are off . Salary cap rises to $109 million for next year with luxury tax threshold rising to $132 million. Goes up again the following year to expected $116 million/141 Mil Luxury tax. We could get to $24-$25 million this year, still not enough for Walker. Ross and Vuc do not count against our salary cap as UFA's but could be signed even if cap is exceeded under the Free Agent exception rule. It still makes more sense, financially, to pursue FA's after next yeaar (depending on whether we resing Ross and/or Vuc) or in 2020-2021 the year Fournier's contract is up. Could get to max money one or both of those years. If we are going after a FA, I want to go after a star which takes max money. Of course that may all be moot if Fultz is healthy and becomes an All Star.
  12. Originalticketholder

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    Not sure what your expectations are or what you base your comments on but I am very impressed with the improvement of this 2nd round draft pick. Below stats, show this year, that in almost every statistical category Iwundu has improved. His overall NBA defensive ranking in the top 125 of the league. And he is only in his second year. I see a player who can be a valuable asset on this team in the future. https://www.foxsports.com/nba/wesley-iwundu-player-stats
  13. Originalticketholder

    Magic @ Hornets - Wednesday, April 10th at 8:00 P.M.

    Not overthinking at all and cap management critical. if we do not sign Vuc we save $12 million. Next year Mozgov's contract gone saving about $17 million. If we resign Ross I am thinking we add $5-6 million to what we are paying him now. ($10 mil per year to $16 mil per year). Leaves us with a $23 million net to spend ($29 mil losing Vuc and Mozgoc and + $6 million to Ross. In addition we lose Fournier's $17 million the following year. Rookie contracts go up a bit too so have to factor that in but K. Walker ($25 million or more per year/4 years) could work over 4 years if we can make the first year work salary wise. Problem is I just read Dallas will throw max money at Walker. ( something like 140 million over 4 years.). So he may be too expensve if that happens. But we need to overthink and try to be creative.
  14. Originalticketholder

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    While I was rooting for Texas Tech I also had no connection but I always root for a fair game. Auburn game was New Orleans/LA Rams like in that Auburn would have playing in the National championship game (99.9% likely) not Virginia if correct call was made. Article below is what I saw on Monday night. Appears NCAA should revisit some rules/instant reply scenario's but they probably will not. Refs should be able to get calls right and/or be able to reverse calls in today's age of replay. Just not right for bad calls to determine outcomes. https://sports.yahoo.com/how-one-terrible-call-swung-momentum-away-from-texas-tech-in-titlegame-loss-063412784.html
  15. Originalticketholder

    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    There appers to be more to this story than what we heard yesterday. More questions left unanswered than answered. The one absolute is how relieved and happy he know is. Happy for him because he is such a great person and ambassador for basketball but I wish he was not a Laker, the only negative in his life....proves we can all make mistakes....lol.