Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hardwood Paroxysm Playoff Preview: Toronto Raptors

It's hard to keep track of everything you need to know about all the teams in the playoffs. So we thought we'd do a quick and dirty playoff preview with our favorite bloggers. We asked a simple 20 Question survey to bloggers from all of the playoff teams, and got responses back from most of them. We continue our previews with the Toronto Raptors. We've got responses from the always terrific Hoops Addict, and HP fave The Dinosty. Enjoy.




First up is Connor from Hoops Addict:
1. Team Name: Toronto Raptors
2. Biggest Star: Chris Bosh
3. Playoff Seed: 6th
4. Mascot's Name: Raptor
5. Best player: Chris Bosh most night, Jose Calderon on occasion.
6. Most important player: Forderon (the strong play from their point guard duo of Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford)
7. Better at zone or man: Man
8. Grade your offense going into the playoffs: B
9. Grade your defense going into the playoffs: C-
10. Worst player: Linton Johnson
11. Glue guys: Jose Calderon and Rasho Nesterovic
12. Five words to describe the team heading into the playoffs: Stuck in a nasty rut.
13. Best-case scenario: Sixth seed and a chance to oust Orlando
14. Worst case scenario: A continued slide and facing either Boston or Detroit which will result in a quick ouster from the playoffs
15. First player that comes to mind, "Thunder": Jamario Moon for his thunderous dunks
16. First player that comes to mind, "Twinkie": Oliver Miller. Yes, I know he's a former Raptor but his name was the one that immediately came to mind.
17. Current emotion you feel about this team: A combination of frustrated and angst ridden.
18. Team you don't want to see in the next two months: Boston or Detroit
19. Team you want to see in the next two months: Orlando or Cleveland
20. What food best describes this team?: Donut. Despite the strong play of Rasho Nesterovic this team is lacking a legit centre who can play 30 plus minutes every game.


Next up is Josh from The Dinosty:

1. Team Name: Toronto Raptors
2. Biggest Star: Chris Bosh
3. Playoff Seed: 6, aka the one that doesn't take us to Motown
4. Mascot's Name: The Chicken
5. Best player: Chris Bosh
6. Most important player: Chris Bosh (CLOSE second: Jose Calderon)
7. Better at zone or man: Defence? What's a 'defence'?
8. Grade your offense going into the playoffs: C+
9. Grade your defense going into the playoffs: D+
10. Worst player: Depends on the criteria. Biggest waste of money? Kapono. Biggest bust? Bargnani.
11. Glue guy: Rasho Nesterovic. Yup, I'm as surprised as you are.
12. Five words to describe the team heading into the playoffs: winner: At least it ain't Detroit. (runner up: "Close your eyes and pray")
13. Best-case scenario: Round two exit
14. Worst case scenario: Round 1 sweep
15. First player that comes to mind, "Thunder": Chris Bosh
16. First player that comes to mind, "Twinkie": Andrea Bargnani
17. Current emotion you feel about this team: guilt-ridden pessimism
18. Team you don't want to see in the next two months: Detroit/Boston anyone in the West
19. Team you want to see in the next two months: Orlando
20. What food best describes this team?: Tapas - a little bit of this, a little bit of that, sometimes tasty, never filling.

 
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