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Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of National Basketball Association playoffs

14 April 2019
Red-hot Magic set to face Raptors in Round 1 of National Basketball Association playoffs

Leonard was then asked about how the major quadriceps injury that held him to just nine games with San Antonio last season was handled and it was clear how he feels about Toronto's medical staff. Norman Powell will now unquestionably be the eighth man in the lineup and Nick Nurse will have to decide between heavier minutes for his rotation or the inclusion of a ninth player. "His hair flips around a little bit".

There's no timeline for his return, but he's expected to be out for at least the first round of the post-season. Are they a typical 7 seed?

Getty Terrence Ross #31 of the Orlando Magic and Evan Fournier #10 during the second half of the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Not many forecast the Magic to make the playoffs, and now that they have, pretty much nobody is giving them a chance against a loaded and experienced Raptors team. In every series they play this spring there can be an argument that Leonard will be on equal footing with the other team's best player or, in the case of the Magic - the best player - a big step ahead.

"I couldn't even tweet it out to say, 'Hey, congratulations.' If I had did that, everyone would have said, 'He's tampering.' I don't like that". What was behind that, and is there any reason to expect that will change? "I was thinking about all those times, all those guys who want me to mentor them or be a part of their lives, and I can't even do that". "Very well coached. They've got some metrics that speak volumes about who they are". Gordon especially loves to take the challenge of guarding the opponents best player, and Kawhi Leonard definitely fits that. "Obviously, his IQ is off the charts, so he's not hard to play with at all". "I think it was nice to get Serge and Kyle a night tonight". That could lead to Leonard just going bananas on the offensive end or the Magic falling in some slumps offensively against an also talented defensive team. The all-star Vucevic acts as a de facto point-centre in many instances; a lot of Orlando's offence runs through him. Whether you're a diehard Lakers fan or a casual observer, to know Los Angeles basketball is to know the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nonetheless, the season series between the Magic and the Raptors have been a back and forth affair with each team winning a pair of games. Can Orlando sustain that advantage?

Regardless of how incompetent he was or wasn't, Johnson leaving the team in the manner he did is a bad look for the franchise and isn't going to help James recruit top free agents to join him in L.A, this summer. Also how Toronto does against the Michael Carter-Williams and Khem Birch PnR that's given the Magic some nice success will be important. So, ultimately this comes down to how Ross plays. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record. "I think it's one of our biggest strengths for sure".