Tactical Issues: How will the Raptors and Magic adjust in Game 5?

The Toronto Raptors cruised to a Game 4 win behind Kawhi’s excellent two-way performance, but is that the only reason they won? The Magic got going early, but weren’t able to sustain it, and we might know why. Last Sunday, the NBA world was blessed to see an amazing two-way performance by Kawhi Leonard, a Toronto Raptor. Whatever strategy that may have worked for coach Steve Clifford and his Orlando Magic on Friday night in Game 3, it didn’t bother Kawhi one bit in Game 4.
Kawhi also followed up his lacklustre defensive showing in Game 3 with perhaps his first full game playing serious defense this season. In fact, the sight of him closing in was enough for Terrence Ross to give up a wide-open three-point shot.
So then, what else did we see in Game 4 from the Raptors and the Magic? What kind of adjustments should we expect from coaches Steve Clifford and Nick Nurse? And what can we suggest as well?
For the Magic
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Author: JD Quirante / Raptors HQ

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