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11-18-2008, 03:16 PM
This is from the Toronto Star, one of 4 Toronto papers. Dave Feschuk is the columnist and Doug Smith is the beat writer. Other papers in Toronto (national papers in Canada) The Globe and Mail, and the National Post (and the other local paper) the Toronto Sun. The Star and Sun will have a Raptor story on a daily basis. The Globe and the Post usually have game day and day after stories.

Thought you might be interested in this article fromthestars.com. Nelson dangerous, Howard kills TheStar.com - NBA - Nelson dangerous, Howard kills November 18, 2008 Dave Feschuk Sam Mitchell, the Raptors coach, spent a little bit of yesterday recalling a moment from Toronto's five-game, first-round loss to the Orlando Magic last season. At the moment in question, the game plan called for the Toronto defender to stand between Dwight Howard, the muscle-bound Magic centre, and the Orlando player holding the basketball. Andrea Bargnani was charged with the task. But when Bargnani attempted to go around Howard, Howard simply held Bargnani with a casual clench of a rippled arm. And in that flex of Howard's power, the 7-foot Italian and hence, the Toronto strategy was rendered moot. "Andrea was working his tail off trying to get around him, but Dwight had him locked and (Bargnani) couldn't go," said Mitchell. "We were like, `Andrea, you've got to get in front of him.' And he was like, `S---, coach, I'm trying. I can't get there.'" Maybe Mitchell, who said the Raptors will "try something a little different" against the Magic tonight, learned from his team's April ousting. And maybe Jermaine O'Neal, Toronto's prized off-season acquisition of a centre, will render Howard who Chris Bosh, the Toronto all-star, has called "the strongest guy in the league" slightly less dominant tonight in Orlando. O'Neal seemed surprised at the admiration for Howard by certain members of Toronto's media "You guys seem like (his) biggest fans," said O'Neal and it's great to hear the local starting centre express just-another-game indifference in the face of an impending collision with human granite. But Howard has earned his Toronto-based reverence fair and square, averaging 22.6 points a game against the Raptors in the post-season despite his bum's eye for shooting, not to mention hauling down 91 rebounds in the five games. That, if memory serves, was more than the combined playoff totals of Bosh, Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic and Jamario Moon. "He's just such a freak of an athlete and he's still, what, 22?" said Mitchell of Howard, who'll be 23 next month. "He probably still hasn't learned how to play yet. Think if he stays healthy and he gets 26 years old, 27 years old." And what if he gets himself a 15-foot jump shot or, for that matter, a 7-footer? As ESPN.com's John Hollinger has pointed out, Howard shot a wonky 31.6 per cent from the field last year on anything that wasn't a layup or a dunk. "I've got enough things that keep me up at night. I don't want to think about Dwight Howard being able to make 15-foot jump shots," said Mitchell. Looking back on the playoffs, Mitchell said the player who hurt the Raptors the most was Jameer Nelson, the oft-maligned point guard who took advantage of Toronto's indifference to his offence. "Our goal was to make Jameer Nelson beat us and try to take away their three-point shooting. I don't think they shot 30 per cent for the series (they shot 32.4 per cent from three-point range) but Jameer Nelson beat us," said Mitchell. "The one game we won, he played bad. The four games they beat us, he played well. We learned something from that series. Jameer Nelson can beat you." Nelson, indeed, averaged 17 points a game in the series and punished the Raptors for leaving him wide open by going 51.9 per cent from three-point range. Still, Howard was and is the elephant in the room. On Wednesday he put together one of the great games of the early season, a 30-point, 19-rebound, 10-block performance in a win over Oklahoma City. Toronto fans might hold their breath knowing Howard is coming off his worst game in recent memory a four-point, seven-rebound effort against Charlotte. But he is surely not the only one looking to redeem himself tonight. Said Bosh: "I don't think we'll have a problem bringing intensity."
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11-20-2008, 12:31 AM
He had a good night with 22 PTS