The Raptors will try to put another nail in the Magic’s coffin on Friday, April 19th when they travel to Orlando for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. This Eastern Conference showdown gets underway at 7:00 p.m. EST at Amway Center.
Raptors Showed Plenty of Fight in Lopsided Game 2
Toronto bounced back from a shocking Game 1 loss by throttling Orlando 111-82 in Game 2. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 37 points and the Raptors committed just seven turnovers as they executed their offense to near-perfection.
Kawhi Leonard: Simply spectacular
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 17, 2019
Toronto’s defense was also on point as it held Orlando to just 37% shooting from the floor and 26.5% from beyond the arc. Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka played stifling D on All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, whom they limited to six points on just seven shots. The Montenegrin big man is contributing just 8.5 points per game in the series after averaging a career-high 20.8 during the regular season.
Lowry Has Rediscovered His Scoring Touch
One of the biggest developments from Game 2 was the performance of Kyle Lowry, who chipped in 22 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in 38 minutes. The five-time All-Star also did a spectacular job shutting down DJ Augustin, holding him to nine points on 1-6 shooting. It was a welcome turnaround from Game 1, when Lowry went scoreless and appeared to be badly out of sync.
Playoff Kyle Lowry be like…
— Jêrêmÿ Wëbb (@idntbecarin) April 14, 2019
The normally laconic Leonard had plenty to say about Lowry following Game 2. “He led us in intensity,” he told reporters. “He did a great job of bouncing back. He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”
Raptors Are Favored… But Just Barely
The Raptors opened as 4.0-point favorites for this contest, with an over/under total of 210. Toronto is 39-45-0 against the spread this year and 47-37-0 over/under. Orlando, meanwhile, is 46-37-1 ATS and 38-46-0 over/under.
Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|111.3 (9th)||Offensive Rating||112.5 (5th)|
|107.3 (24th)||Points||114.4 (8th)|
|25.5 (12th)||Assists||25.4 (13th)|
|45.4 (18th)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.4 (5th)|
|35.6 (11th)||Three-Point Percentage||36.6 (6th)|
|+0.7 (14th)||Plus/Minus||+6.1 (3rd)|
|107.5 (8th)||Defensive Rating||106.8 (5th)|
|106.6 (5th)||Points||108.4 (9th)|
|45.6 (11th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.9 (5th)|
|34.7 (10th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.5 (8th)|
|47.2 (8th)||Points In The Paint||47.5 (9th)|
Orlando Will Have to Be Better from the Line
Orlando did a decent job of getting to the charity stripe, but couldn’t execute when they got there, missing 11 of their 24 attempts. It was a surprising result for a team that connected on over 78% of their free-throws during the regular season.
Orlando’s Bench Production Was Far from Magical
Terrence Ross dropped in 15 points in Game 2 continuing his excellent run, but the rest of Orlando’s bench mustered just 17 points. That simply won’t do against a team as deep and talented as the Raptors. The Magic desperately need big games from Khem Birch or former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to have any shot at advancing.
Michael Carter-Williams hit 3 3-pointers in 19 attempts in 227 minutes for Orlando this year.
He hit two in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/gXRiirLsnR
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 16, 2019