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First Round, Game 3: Magic vs. Raptors GameThread

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For the first time in seven years, your Orlando Magic are hosting a playoff game.

NBA: Playoffs-Orlando Magic at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

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)

Toronto Orlando
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
Projected Starters:
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.

Leave your pregame and in-game comments below. Feel free to follow us on Twitter at @OPPMagicBlog. And as always - enjoy!