Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Raptors bring out the Kryptonite

The names on the marquee when the Toronto Raptors meet the Orlando Magic for the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series will be two of the NBA's best young stars.

The Raptors are led by long and lithe forward Chris Bosh, who does his best work using a reliable jump shot to set up twisting drives to the basket with either hand.

The Magic get its identity from Superman himself – the not-at-all-inappropriate nickname taken on by Dwight Howard, a 22-year old centre who led the NBA in rebounds and dunks this season.

But the real matchup in the series, expected to start Sunday in Orlando, is one of even greater contrasts: Superman against Rasho Nesterovic, the quiet, unassuming veteran centre who is more like the NBA's version of Clark Kent.

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