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if we can't beat the sixers i dunno if we'll ever win a game against any other team. we better blow these guys out and make a statement.
 

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The Sixer's got embarrased tonight. Damn, it seems like we run into teams during winning streaks or when they have something to prove to themselves.

We got burned by them when they were even shorter-staffed, so to lose to them a second time would be rough. Especially since it would stretch our losing streak out even more.
 

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The Raptors have to win this one... The Raptors gotta win this one... The Raptors need to win this one...
 

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Originally posted by <b>Ben</b>!
The Raptors have to win this one... The Raptors gotta win this one... The Raptors need to win this one...
ya your telling me. i'm pretty sure they'll come out and play hard after all the criticism thrown their way the past couple days.
 

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Hope for a Win ... Expect a Loss

Y'a know ...As I've said before this team of ours always stands up for the big games with the real teams.... and sits in the back seat for the lower teams and play like crap ... like they've been doing for this current loosing streak (look at the teams we lost to !!! and how we lost if you have any doubt)

The last time Philly came to town without AI and a few other keys .... the Raps sat down and got walloped...badly !! WHY ?? ... because they expected to win and no one put in a decent effort.... Its the same thing they always do for the lowly teams and exaclty why they get beaten.

I think they'll do the same thing tonight ... :(
I think we would have had a better chance if AI was playing

WHY ??? Because if AI was playing they'd take the threat seriously and bring on a real effort .... with him out of the lineup ... they'll expect to win .... and put out another lackluster performance and make us all want to cry.

I WANT TO WIN THIS ONE FOLKS ..... DON'T GET ME WRONG HERE.
But too many times have I seen the 'renewed raptor passion' against lower teams to expect anything big tonight... except another BIG disappointment that is.

Wish to the heavens (all of them) that they prove me wrong..



On another note ... hey Homie ... were'nt you leaving us at some point this summer ?? ... VERY GLAD to have you still in the lineup .. but I thought you decided to 'dis us ?
 

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True, they lost last time when A.I didn't play. And they played a better game when he did play.
 

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Dont forget an allen iverson less sixers team has beaten us ounce already this year..i think it could happen again:confused:
 

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if the raptors lose this one........... :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
 

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You guys keep saying they will come in here and think they can beat this team easily, because they don't have Iverson.

They experienced that loss earlier in the year first hand. Of course they are not going to take this Sixers team for granted. The sixers are still a dangerous team without Iverson. Snow and Mckie like playing the Raptors.

I think the Raptors will win this one, though. I think Bosh will have a huge game and Carter will continue to struggle.
 

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Vince isn't stupid enough to continue his mediocre play. Ultimately, he CHOOSES which games he wants to play bad and good. So he will prove to all you Fraud-Anti-Vince-Raptor-"So-Called"-Fans that he WOULDN'T be traded, TONIGHT.
 

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Originally posted by <b>Mattsanity</b>!
Vince isn't stupid enough to continue his mediocre play. Ultimately, he CHOOSES which games he wants to play bad and good. So he will prove to all you Fraud-Anti-Vince-Raptor-"So-Called"-Fans that he WOULDN'T be traded, TONIGHT.
we'll see tonight......
 

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is it just me, or are the raps 0-5 without micheal curry:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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preparing to be disapointed...

Lets just keep in mind ....

No One here wants to see our team loose ... or Vince not show up ...or have a bad game. He usually does show up against the sixers ... problem is that last time they came to town without AI ... he didn't bother to show up.

And its a very very bad and weak habit they have of not showing up for teams they think they should easily beat.

This is the same thing Alvin was saying a few weeks ago ... this team is COCKY ... but they don't put in the effort to merit the cockiness ... No doubt we are very close to the top in the east .. But not when we don't bring it on !!

And more often than not ... we simply don't

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I was checking out the Rookie Rankings on nba.com, and under Chris Bosh it was saying how KO says the reason for the raps defensive struggles is because Curry is missing.
http://www.nba.com/milk_rookie/rookie_rankings_040126.html
First I was thinking that it was just KOs bias side speaking, but maybe Curry is more valuable to the team then most of us think he is. It's true that the raps losing streak started when Curry got injured, and obviously it isn't all because of the absence of him but without him their D was really lacking. I mean in all the games they lost the opponent scored 95+ points. That's a lot to give up for a team that is supposed to be quite strong defensively.

Anyway, the raps REALLY need this one. After this game they got the Pistons and Lakers...with the games coming up they need to win games like this one and the Magic game coming up. If they can't win to those teams, the streak is gonna go on for a while.
 

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i fully expect the raptors to come out firing tonight. i don't think they've faced such palpable public pressure in a long time- and certainly not since the jalen trade.

however, if they DO come out tonight and win big, as they should, they canNOT let their inherent complacence believe that one strong performance is enough. vince carter has made it his trademark to do the bare minimum (and often not even that), then leave satisfied. for instance, against the bulls last weekend, the raptors were in the midst of embarrassing themselves when they showed a tiny bit of energy while defending an inbounds play late in the 4th, forcing chicago to call a timeout. vince walked to the bench, all satisfied and smug, like "see what we can do? no problem, we're fine", oblivious to the fact that they were on the verge of extending their losing skid to 5 games.

regardless of what happens tonight (win or lose), i'm absolutely praying that the raptors don't go home satisfied. i want the chip they have on their shoulder to last for awhile (the way it would for any contender- and "contender"! what a concept, huh?!) if not for the rest of the season.

needless to say, if the raps come out flat yet again, they should prepare for the worst. there would be no excuse (there already is none) especially given the fact that not only are they (and their poor effort) the talk of the town at the moment, they're also facing a shorthanded philly team that actually BEAT them- at home- by fielding a shorthanded lineup last time. there's pressure, there's the rumour mill, there's revenge, there's an inferior opponent expecting to get smacked around... there's everything to play for tonight.

in that sense, there's no excuse. if you can't get up for this game, you're not deserving of professional attention/treatment. you really would have to be "stupid" to not realize how important this game is to you.

peace
 
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