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Raptors vs. Magic: The Sound of Revenge

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Even I'll admit, the theme of this thread is a stretch.

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In 2005, a rapper named Chamillionaire (you may be familiar) dropped his debut album entitled The Sound of Revenge. Was it a banger at the time? Absolutely. "Ridin'" was the ironically memorable single that the kids who watched 106 & Park raved about to their friends, and Killer Mike's verse on "Southern Takeover" holds up even today. In the grand scheme of mid-2000s rap, however, The Sound of Revenge was an utterly unremarkable blip on the radar.

It was the equivalent of what the Raptors' own version of revenge will be tonight if they can beat the Orlando Magic five days after an embarrassing loss. A win tonight will be gratifying for about as long as the 67 minutes it takes Chamillionaire's finest work to play through.

If they can't take care of business, it'll have as much importance as if TSoR had never been released -- which is to say that it'll be no big deal. Toronto is in the midst of a grueling five games in seven nights stretch, and there are have been recent signs of a slow but steady turnaround in the team's play. Kyle Lowry has regained his earth-scorching form of late-2016, the front court rotation is stabilizing, and with a few favourable coin flips the Raptors could be looking at four or five wins in their last six games instead of two.

With no DeMar DeRozan for the sixth time in seven games, the secondary Raptors will definitely need to Turn it Up; Norman Powell will have another shot to prove he's Grown and Sexy as the starting two guard. Thankfully for the Raptors, against the moribund Magic, their performance probably won't even have to be Picture Perfect.

Check Dan Grant's preview from earlier today, then follow the game and hit up the comments here.

PS - I'm sorry.