Raptors head to Orlando for crucial Game 3: Preview, start time, and more

The Raptors head to Orlando for the Magic’s first playoff game at home since 2012. It will be raucous. Can the Raptors handle the pressure and keep the momentum going? We’ll find out. Well, here we are. Game 3 in Orlando. The Raptors will have momentum on their side tonight, on the backs of crushing performances from Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard in Game 2. But the Magic will have the home crowd, and it promises to be a raucous one.
This is Orlando’s first playoff game at home since the 2011-12 season. Back then, they were leading the charge, such as it was, with Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, and Hedo Turkoglu (losing four-games-to-one against the Pacers in the first round). Then it was seven long years in the wilderness. The Magic organization is finally steadier nowadays, with Jeff Weltman taking over as president last season. They prioritized athleticism and length, nabbing draft picks Wesley Iwundu and Jonathan Isaac, and assembled a roster that made sense. As it stands, this Game 3 will mean a lot for Orlando.
However, in this series, Isaac is having his troubles. In two games, he has shot 6-of-18 from the field, and has been …

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Author: Ben_Scott / Raptors HQ

Raptors blow Game 1, lose to the Magic 104-101

Thanks to the heroics of the Magic’s D.J. Augustin, the Raptors are right back where they started: down one game in a first round playoff series. Seriously, the Raptors are different this year.
They just didn’t totally show it in Game 1 against the Magic, falling 104-101 — the death punch coming in the form of a DJ Augustin three with 3.4 seconds left. DJ. Augustin. For real.
While the result was sour and painfully familiar in these parts, there were concrete examples and moments over the course of the loss where the altered Raps DNA was on display. All that talk throughout the regular season wasn’t B.S.
One of the main sources of the belief that these Raptors wouldn’t fall into the same post-season traps of past editions has always been Kawhi Leonard. The dude is a monster and a proven playoff stud, and for much of Saturday’s series-opener, he lived up to the billing.
On the opening offensive possession of the game, Leonard probed deftly and rose up for a mid-range J — cash. He followed that up with another, and then a three, and then a trip to the line, and then a lefty …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ