Game 1 Turning Point: Kawhi and Gasol miss the switch, give up game-winner

The Raptors looked to be in control mid way through the fourth thanks to an 11-4 run, but some bench problems and a defensive mixup on the winning shot granted the Magic a huge confidence boost. In a game where the Raptors allowed a 15-0 run by Orlando — and got a 22-2 run going their way — the final result was ultimately decided by a late-clock 3-point shot by D.J. Augustin. As it happened, in the middle of the fourth, the Raptors were poised to take a series lead, until things got mixed up. The score was 90-86, the Raptors had just concluded an 11-4 run, regained some momentum, and Marc Gasol was just subbed in for Serge Ibaka.
Ibaka had been playing amazing defense against Orlando’s lone All-Star Nikola Vucevic all game, and so had Gasol. Vucevic was held to 3-of-14 for 11 points on the day, a far cry from his usual level of production (we’ll avoid that topic for now). Still, Gasol seemed a little cold off the bench. Upon his checking in, Vucevic found a brief moment of offensive freedom — assisting on a corner Aaron Gordon triple, before nailing a three of his own to …

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Author: Joel E Stephens / Raptors HQ

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