Three's a crowd

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The Raptors are bracing for a barrage of bombs today by the Orlando Magic, one of the NBA's most active three-point advocates, sinking more than 300 already this season.

"It will be a bit different than Friday's (win over Houston), but we have to stay with our (defensive) principles as much as we can," Toronto coach Jay Triano said. "They're a good team that shoots far more three-pointers than anyone else. We're not only going to have to protect against (Dwight Howard) inside, but we have to get out to their three-point shooters, no matter what, make sure they're more contested and that they don't get wide-open looks."

The Magic beat the Raps in the playoffs last year and are 1-0 against Toronto after a 103-90 win in Florida in November. Thanks to a spirited battle between Howard and Jermaine O'Neal, it was a close game until the fourth quarter. Triano says the Magic's record of 26-7 is even better upon closer examination.

"They lost their first two games of the year and only five since. That's a pretty impressive team; well-rounded, good defence, they move the ball well, good inside presence...they have a little of everything you need to be successful."

Jake jumps in

Jake (the Bruiser) Voskuhl sounds like a wrestling monicker, but that's the nickname Jamario Moon had for the new Raptors forward who doesn't tread lightly, as the Rockets found out on Friday.

"We know what he can do, he came in and got the job done on the boards," Moon said.

Voskuhl, who joined the team before its six-game December trip, is seeing more floor time.

"I'm getting more comfortable, more used to my teammates," Voskuhl said. "At the same time they are getting more familiar with me. It takes a bit of time to get that chemistry and feel. But it's coming."


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