NBA Playoffs Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic

Parker didn't play the last 13 games of the season, as Borrego looked to get rookie Devonte Graham a heavy dose of experience.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is the leading candidate for the Most Improved Player award, but he has already received recognition that means more to him.

There is also the conundrum of getting Ross's offense in the game. They are in fact still in the mix, and this game on ESPN tonight is a must-win for them.

But with Magic gone from a job that required too much of his time and not enough of his personal strengths, Buss has the chance to reimagine her entire front office.

LeBron James has appeared to be nearly super-human on the basketball court for most of his 16-season NBA career.

No Daddy Yankee won't be making any appearances to Scotiabank Arena this post-season, I'm talking about Marc Gasol.

Game 3 - Saturday, April 20 at Orlando, 4:30 am.

Then the Raptors went out and won a Game 1, finally. There's no question about it.

Johnson's departure, while certainly hard to deal with, does provide Buss with the opportunity to put the franchise back on track if she can bring in the right person to replace him.

He's coming off his most productive season statistically, averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds. Saunders reportedly will receive a three-year deal with a team option on the final season. "I'm good with where I am".

PISTONS 115, KNICKS 89: Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21, and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as Detroit won at NY to lock up the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot.

Top of their list of things to get done right away will be to decide whether they want Luke Walton as their head coach moving forward.

Ross may not have the ability to have a "revenge series" against the Raptors but he may be able to have a revenge game. I think the Magic will steal a game somewhere along the lines - likely game three in Orlando - but they'll fall short with Toronto winning in five. Led by Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka, Toronto's depth has been one of its strong suits for several seasons now. Kyle Lowry said it weighed on them a little. Los Angeles was decimated again this season by injuries to almost every key player, including the longest injury absence of James' 16-year career.

Vucevic was at his peak in his near triple-double against the Raptors in late December; performances such as those are capable of leading Orlando to a win. "He's a tough kid mentally, and I know he'll bounce back". They don't just want to show up for their first-round series against the heavily favored Toronto Raptors.

- It is the second time the Raptors finished with the East's No. 2 seed.

This season's Raptors squad, which hosts the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the opening round on Saturday, has been rebuilt with National Basketball Association championship aspirations in mind.

  • Rosalie Stanley