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The Magic face a must-win game at home in Game 4 against one of the best road teams in the NBA

NBA: Playoffs-Toronto Raptors at Orlando Magic Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Toronto Raptors (58-24, #2 seed) at Orlando Magic (42-40, #7 seed)
Series: Raptors lead 2-1
When: Sunday, April 21st, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: TNT, Fox Sports Florida
Injuries: Orlando - Mohamed Bamba (leg, OUT), Markelle Fultz (shoulder, OUT)

Toronto Orlando
Series Offensive Rating: 108.1 Series Offensive Rating: 97.3
Season Offensive Rating: 113.1 Season Offensive Rating: 108.9
Series Defensive Rating: 97.3 Series Defensive Rating: 108.1
Season Defensive Rating: 107.1 Season Defensive Rating: 108.1
Series Pace: 95.6 Series Pace: 95.6
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 and Coach Nurse


“They are very difficult to play against. They are long and they help well. They’re shutting down the paint. And then the possessions where we move the ball freely, which is not easy to do against them, we have a chance to get good shots.” ~ Coach Clifford on what his team can improve on from Game 3 to tonight.

“We got off to a tough start early, because when they were coming to help, we turned the ball over. A lot of it is, we’re a count late every time passing the ball.” ~ Coach Clifford

“We’ve got to move the ball freely. They tell you as a kid, good offense is taking what the defense gives you. They don’t give you much, but when they’re in there to help - the ball has to move.” ~ Coach Clifford on his team’s offensive approach in Game 4.

“For me, were going to know if we’re here to play tonight if we come out and start guarding them early. I think we’ve shown some defensive muscle here in this series, and we’re going to need to continue to do that.” ~ Coach Nurse on his team’s defensive approach tonight.

“We’ve had a lot of practice playing without him (Leonard) this year, about 22 games. And we’ve played pretty confidently in those games. Second thing is, we also had Marc (Gasol) off the floor, so our team was put under double duress during the second half (of Game 3) with a major star not feeling great/not shooting great, and another one on the bench.” ~ Coach Nurse on the positiveness of winning Game 3 despite Kawhi Leonard’s struggles.


For perspective from the other side, check out the work from our friends over at Raptors HQ.

Mike Cali got together with Dylan Litman of Raptors HQ to ask him three questions heading into Game 4.

Our Zach Oliver attended Orlando’s practice yesterday. You can find some of his thoughts from practice in his notebook here.


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