Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 5 vs. the Orlando Magic

After a dominant Game 4, we spoke to the Orlando Pinstriped Post before the Raptors look to take the series on their home court. The Raptors have a chance to close out the Magic… tonight! Mike Calli of the Orlando Pinstriped Post was kind enough to answer some questions for us heading into Game 5:
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Both Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka had huge games on Sunday, propelling the Raptors to victory. What did they do differently this time around?

This seemed like the first game of this series where one of the benches actually made an impact on the result of the game.
Entering Game 4, all of the Raptors primary reserves were shooting less than 40 per cent in the series. That changed in a big way with Normal Powell shooting 7-for-9 for 16 points, nearly surpassing his total from the first three games combined (17 points, 31.6 percent shooting), and Serge Ibaka shooting 5-for-6 for 13 points.
Overall, the ball movement when the Raptors’ second unit was on the floor seemed much better than it had been. Powell, after struggling with his three-point shot the first three games, was aggressive throughout in Game 4, attacking the basket without hesitation and often beating the Magic off the dribble …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 4 vs. the Orlando Magic

After a close Game 3, we spoke to the Orlando Pinstriped Post to hear a Magic-oriented take heading into Game 4. We asked some questions to Mike Calli, managing editor of the Orlando Pinstriped Post, before the Raptors play the Magic tonight.
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Vucevic finally got it going in Game 3, specifically against Ibaka. Do you anticipate Vucevic playing more minutes with the bench next game to take advantage of that matchup? How do you see this change, if implemented, impacting the Magic’s centre-centric offense?

The more minutes Nikola Vucevic gets opposite Serge Ibaka, the better for the Magic. But I don’t think Nick Nurse would allow that for very long, if at all. As long as Marc Gasol isn’t it foul trouble, he will be on the court shadowing Vucevic regardless of which unit he plays with. When Gasol is on the court, Vucevic has shot just 30.4 percent (7-for-23), committed nine turnovers and produced an offensive rating of 96.6. When Gasol is off the court, Vucevic has shot 54.5 percent (6-for-11), committed one turnover, and produced an offensive rating of 118.9. After three games, that’s no coincidence, it’s a trend.
Even when Vucevic had his burst in Game 3, much of his …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ

Three Questions from the Raptors ahead of Game 3 vs. the Orlando Magic

Ahead of Game 3, we spoke to the Orlando Pinstriped Post to understand the mindset of a Magic fan in these trying times. After a Kawhi-led thrashing, we spoke to managing editor Mike Cali of the Orlando Pinstriped Post to hear his thoughts before the Raptors head to Orlando for Game 3.
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From a Torontonian’s perspective, Game 2’s officiating seemed to benefit the Magic immensely, especially in the first half. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the officiating from an Orlando Magic fan’s perspective.

Allow me to answer this question in video form….

Michael Carter Williams was bloodied by Kyle Lowry..no call. I always knew that adage “no blood no foul” was a hoax. pic.twitter.com/UjyLpRuSo7— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) April 13, 2019

A no-call on a near-broken nose in Game 1 must be worth at least 10 make-up calls, right? But in all seriousness, I’m sure we will both have biased opinions on this subject. The only time we remember officiating is when we feel there was a bad call or no call that worked against our team.
In Game 1, I felt the whistles (or lack of, see video above) favoured the Raptors. In Game 2, the whistles may have …

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Author: Dylan Litman / Raptors HQ