The Raptors head to Orlando for the Magic’s first playoff game at home since 2012. It will be raucous. Can the Raptors handle the pressure and keep the momentum going? We’ll find out. Well, here we are. Game 3 in Orlando. The Raptors will have momentum on their side tonight, on the backs of crushing performances from Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard in Game 2. But the Magic will have the home crowd, and it promises to be a raucous one.
This is Orlando’s first playoff game at home since the 2011-12 season. Back then, they were leading the charge, such as it was, with Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, and Hedo Turkoglu (losing four-games-to-one against the Pacers in the first round). Then it was seven long years in the wilderness. The Magic organization is finally steadier nowadays, with Jeff Weltman taking over as president last season. They prioritized athleticism and length, nabbing draft picks Wesley Iwundu and Jonathan Isaac, and assembled a roster that made sense. As it stands, this Game 3 will mean a lot for Orlando.
However, in this series, Isaac is having his troubles. In two games, he has shot 6-of-18 from the field, and has been …
Author: Ben_Scott / Raptors HQ