Raptors aim to finish off the Magic in Game 5: Preview, start time, and more

With a commanding series lead in hand, the Raptors will look to maintain momentum and finish off a reeling Orlando squad in tonight’s Game 5 in Toronto. New experiences! New feelings! New emotions! The Toronto Raptors had never led 3 to 1 in a playoff series before this one! I’ve never felt this way before, what do I do with my hands!?
Yes, the Toronto Raptors are in a position of relative security when it comes to their playoff advancement, and the playoff series isn’t even over yet. And, as well all know, no team has ever blown a 3 to 1 playoff lead, making the “relative” qualifier a mere formality here. The Raptors have already won the basketball series.
(Editor’s Note: Jacob does not go on to indicate that he is being sarcastic in the following paragraph of his introduction, so it falls on me to inform you that he is, in fact, a liar.)
Paradoxically, despite the Raptors’ already guaranteed victory they will still have to win one more game in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where they will play the Philadelphia 76ers, who have also already won their first-round series. It shall no doubt be …

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Author: Jacob M. Mack / Raptors HQ

Raptors look for another win in Orlando for Game 4: Preview, start time, and more

The Raptors have a chance to take the first commanding 3-1 lead they’ve ever had in a playoff series. It’s almost time for Game 4 against the Magic in Orlando. Kawhi Leonard followed his 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting with a 16 point outing, shooting an abysmal 5-of-19 from the field. With numbers like that from Toronto’s top guy, it should be next to impossible to win a playoff game on the road. However, something special happened.
Pascal Siakam, who many thought would struggle in this series due to the length of Magic players Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon, put up a show-stopping 30 points and 11 rebounds. In a season of continuous improvement from Siakam, he took over in the third quarter and made some big shots. Specifically, after Orlando took their first lead of the game just under the 7-minute mark, Siakam answered with a crowd silencing corner 3. Toronto would quickly go on a 16-0 run, capped off by a wonderful up-and-under move by Siakam against former Raptor Terrence Ross.
After the impressive performance, Danny Green was surprised to know Siakam had only been playing organized basketball for 7 years.

Reporter to Siakam: “You’ve only been playing basketball for seven years…” …

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Author: Zakaria Abdulle / Raptors HQ