Who: Toronto Raptors (#2 seed) at Orlando Magic (#7 seed)
Series: Game 3 (Tied 1-1)
When: Friday, April 19th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Line: Toronto -5.5, O/U: 211
Injuries: Orlando - Mohamed Bamba (leg, OUT), Markelle Fultz (shoulder, OUT); Toronto - Patrick McCaw (thumb, PROBABLE)
|Series Offensive Rating: 110.7||Series Offensive Rating: 97.1|
|Season Offensive Rating: 113.1||Season Offensive Rating: 108.9|
|Series Defensive Rating: 97.1||Series Defensive Rating: 110.7|
|Season Defensive Rating: 107.1||Season Defensive Rating: 108.1|
|Series Pace: 95.8||Series Pace: 95.8|
|Season Pace: 100.2||Season Pace: 98.1|
|PG - Kyle Lowry||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|SG - Danny Green||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Kawhi Leonard||F - Aaron Gordon|
|PF - Pascal Siakam||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|C - Marc Gasol||C - Nikola Vucevic|
Pregame quotes from Coach Clifford:
“For me, the biggest thing tonight is - we can’t turn the ball over seventeen times. If we do, it’s going to be hard. They’re #1 in the NBA in points per possession off turnovers. We had 17 (in Game 2), they had 26 points.” ~ Coach Clifford on his team taking better care of the ball.
“Our team, the way we’re built - we’re long, we can be hard to play against defensively (when we’re right). And we have smart guys, we can manage a game. We can hang around.” ~ Coach Clifford on the importance of getting off to a good start in Game 3.
“I think he’ll be good (Vucevic), he was really good in practice yesterday and was very energetic in shoot-around this morning. Gasol was Defensive Player of the Year (three of four years ago), so he’s not just ‘okay’. And then Ibaka, I know he’s led the NBA in blocked shots once or twice, he’s a terrific defender too. In the post, they are coming (against Vucevic).” ~ Clifford on Nikola Vucevic.
For perspective from the other side, check out the work of our friends over at Raptors HQ.
For an in-depth look at Magic/Raptors Game Three, check out our game preview here.
For additional coverage before tonight’s tip-off, check out Zach Oliver’s pregame notebook here.
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