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Friday, April 19th at 7:00 P.M.

Amway Center - Orlando, Florida

TV:  Fox Sports FL and ESPN

 

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Orlando, Toronto meet with series tied 1-1

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

APRIL 18, 2019 03:43 PM, UPDATED 1 HOUR 28 MINUTES AGO
 
Toronto Raptors (58-24, second in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Orlando Magic (42-40, seventh in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)
 
BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Raptors visit the Orlando Magic for game three of the Eastern Conference first round with the series tied 1-1. The Raptors won the last matchup 111-82. Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points to lead Toronto to the win and Aaron Gordon scored 20 points in defeat for Orlando.
 
The Magic are 30-22 in Eastern Conference games. Orlando averages 13.2 turnovers per game and is 24-12 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponents.
 
The Raptors are 36-16 in Eastern Conference play. Toronto averages 14 turnovers per game and is 22-12 when turning the ball over more than opponents.
 
LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 8-2, averaging 114.9 points, 45.2 rebounds, 28 assists, 8.2 steals and five blocks per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting.
 
Magic: 7-3, averaging 111.9 points, 46.7 rebounds, 27 assists, 6.7 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting.
 
Magic Injuries:    Mo Bamba: out (left tibia fracture), Markelle Fultz: out (shoulder/wrist), Timofey Mozgov: out (knee).
 
Raptors Injuries:    Patrick McCaw: day to day (thumb), OG Anunoby: out (appendix).
 

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How the Toronto Raptors have stifled Nikola Vucevic and the Magic offense

by Mike Bossetti  - 10 hours ago

Through two games, the Toronto Raptors have shut-down Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic offense. How have they been so effective?

The postseason is a different game than the regular season. With more time to scout and design team-specific gameplans, defenses can scheme away certain aspects of an offense. The Toronto Raptors scheme has taken away Nikola Vucevic.

Vucevic has been the offensive hub for the Orlando Magic all season. He averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists per game during the regular season. When he was on the court, the Magic had an above-average offense. When he sat, they were the worst offense in the NBA.

Stopping Vuc has been the Raptors first priority on defense so far this series. Currently, he’s averaging only 8.5 points per game, sixth on the team, and behind guys like Michael Carter-Williams. During the regular season, he posted a true-shooting percentage of 57.3. So far this series, he’s shooting just 36-percent.

The Raptors send a double-team not out of necessity, but because they spot an opportunity. Double Vuc, force the ball to a lesser offensive option. Make a lesser player beat you. Don’t let the big man get rolling.

How they’re able to do this

One reason the Raptors can double Vucevic without consequences is the Magic’s lack of surrounding talent.

Jonathon Isaac, Wes Iwundu, and Michael Carter-Williams are all non-threats offensively.  Averaging a combined 64 minutes per game, they make up a significant part of the Magic’s rotation.

 

https://raptorsrapture.com/2019/04/18/toronto-raptors-nikola-vucevic/

 

 

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So...what are your adjustments for tomorrows game?  You..reading this post.  

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17 minutes ago, ~O~ said:

So...what are your adjustments for tomorrows game?  You..reading this post.  

Execute the offense better

 

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1 hour ago, ~O~ said:

So...what are your adjustments for tomorrows game?  You..reading this post.  

Take our time. Read the defense. React accordingly. No one should be looking for their own shot. Pass the ball. 

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11 minutes ago, TheNameIsOrlando said:

Take our time. Read the defense. React accordingly. No one should be looking for their own shot. Pass the ball. 

I'm sitting at my computer saying to myself: "Pass the ball!  Other teammates are standing around while someone is dribbling the ball into the ground. 

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2 hours ago, ~O~ said:

So...what are your adjustments for tomorrows game?  You..reading this post.  

Play better.

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There's a plain and simple premise here.  If the Magic aren't mentally prepared to score, its over.  

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Unleash DJ and allow him to attack the basket like a dog attacking a piece of raw meat. Push the pace as often as possible. 

Get off to a fast start and let the crowd get into it. Punch them in the face early. Let them know we mean business.

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