Despite a couple of close calls, the Raptors hung on in Orlando to win Game 3 against the Magic. And the story this time has to be the superlative play of Pascal Siakam. For the Raptors, their Game 3 had some eerie similarities to the opening match-up against the Orlando Magic — a struggling star, some disastrous bench minutes, a close game down the stretch. But this one had a happy ending.
Let’s take a look at what went well for Toronto, and what went wrong, as they now sit with a 2-1 series lead over the Magic in the opening round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Another game, another short stretch of the sort of lineup that is always going to lose you a lead.
Nearing the end of the first quarter, the Raptors had leapt out to a big lead. In the process, the Magic had started their counter punch, with a solid few minutes strung together to bring the lead down from 11 to 8 with three minutes left in the quarter.
Coach Nick Nurse decided to close out the quarter with the following look: Fred VanVleet, Jodie Meeks, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka.
Frankly, it’s a pleasant …
Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ