Game 3 mail
Funnily enough, the mail’s not over-flowing this morning with stuff about the game. Guess everyone’s happy with everything that transpired.
So here you go for now:
Q: A couple of questions:
1. Kapono seems to be playing out of his mind. While some of the players looked tentative under the pressure during the first few games, he played great. Can this be attributed to his experience with the Heat in the playoffs and does that make him be a "leader" in the locker room?
2. With Howard only being 22 and Bosh, in his 5th year, being only 24. Who has the greater upside? And what can we expect from Bosh, statistically, in the next few years? Will he remain a 20 and 9 player his whole career?
Dave R, Markham
A: I don’t think it’s Kapono’s experience, ‘cause he hardly got off the bench the year the Heat won it and Miami was swept a year ago. I think he’s just feeling more comfortable.
I don’t know about upside. I think both will be all-stars for probably every year they play in the league. One’s power, one’s finesse. If I had to start a team today, I’d probably take Howard over Bosh, though.
Q: In your opinion, how good was the crowd in game 3 at the ACC. It was electric watching on TV. Does Orlando's crowd even compare to ours?
A: The crowd here was louder, not by a lot, but louder. Might have to do with the fact there were 3,000 more people in the building than there was in Orlando.
But it was a great, great audience. The 300 level in particular looked like a great place to be.
Q: Quick question, if the Raps do manage to pull off a first round win do you think raptor fans will take to the streets in the same nature Hab fans did in Montreal? (I keed).
Real question - does the pizza promotion still run throughout the playoffs? Do you think Raptor fans in attendance will embarrass themselves by booing a Game 4 victory where the final score is 99 - 89 for the Raps? If this were to happen do you think MLSE would finally restructure the pizza promotion - perhaps making it based on defense (holding the opponents to 95 or less points)?
Now to connect my two questions - perhaps in Game 6 the Raps win the series with 99 points and the fans riot to celebrate and to express anger for the lack of pizza. Very unlikely but maybe the only way to eliminate the problematic promotion. Further I kind of like the headline - Pizza Riot
Jeff VH, Toronto
A: This is almost Ding! Ding! Ding! worthy. But, yes, the pizza thing still goes on and surely to all that’s good in the world, no one would be ticked at 99 points, would they? Surely, they wouldn’t.
Q: Long time Raptors fan, medium time reader and first time writer. My question is how is it that all of a sudden Kapono is getting his shots? Throughout the season, whenever he was put in the game he seemed inept at getting away a shot, and now in the playoffs he has caught fire. Is this because of something the Raptors are doing, something about Orlando's defence or is Kapono just playing above his head? Common sense would tell me that it is most likely a combination of these factors but I wanted to get your take.
Adam L, Kitchener
A: If I had the answer, I’d be making Sam Money. It is a combination of those two things, but I think mostly it’s that, for some strange reason known only to him, Kapono’s starting to feel more comfortable and he’s asserting himself by shooting, not trying to drive as he did most of the season. That’s good, seeing how he’s a shooter and all.
He told us the other day it’s minutes. Sam had this to say yesterday morning:
"I just laugh all the time, people say Jason couldn’t get his shots but Anthony Parker got shots every night … Carlos when he comes in the game he gets shots. We’re finding him, he’s shooting the ball well and I think he’s looking for his shot because he knows he’s shooting it well.”
Q: The victory yesterday was awesome and it was also nice to see the Raptors of old show up again. The atmosphere was absolutely electrifying and terrifying for the Magic.
But I was a bit concerned with the number of open looks the magic got. Today they were cold and we caught a break because they didn't make most of them but Saturday may be another story, do you think the coaching staff realizes these loopholes in our defence and what do you think they will do to completely shut down the perimeter shooters?
Also how bad is Nelson's injury? I really hope he is healthy and 100 per cent ready for Saturday because that will make our victory sweeter.
Ryan S, Toronto
A: Um, yes, the coaching staff realizes it, that’s sort of what they do. They will never, ever come up with a plan to “completely shut down the perimeter shooters” because this is the NBA and good teams get good shots. I’m pretty sure they’ll be working on quicker rotations today in practice.
Nelson was all right about 45 minutes after the game but it’s a back and no one knows how they’ll react.