Raptors vs Magic

Raptors vs Magic: The Raptors and Nuggets will try and avenge their Game 1 loss at home while the Trail Blazers will look to defend their home court and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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:Match Info:
Event: NBA Playoffs 2019
Team: Raptors vs Magic
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Game Time: 08:00 p.m. ET

Saturday’s Game 1 loss to the Orlando Magic wasn’t the end of the world for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors. But for a player and franchise haunted by the specter of playoff disappointment, it was the last thing they needed.

D.J. Augustin drilled a game-winning three from the top of the arc to give the upstart Magic a 104-101 win over the host Raptors, and the fact that most of the attention after the buzzer fell squarely on Lowry and his scoreless 34 minutes says a lot about the widespread angst attached to this Toronto team.

The Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets will look to avenge their Game 1 losses at home while the Portland Trail Blazers will try to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder out of the win column, defending their home court advantage.

Toronto won 58 games and finished the season with four different starters than it fielded a year ago, which made the narrative of unavoidable playoff disappointment (particularly in Game 1s, in which the Raps are now 2-14) feel forced.

This was a different group, led by different talent. Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Danny Green weren’t on the roster last year, and Pascal Siakam, who scored 24 points on Saturday, was an exciting but limited second-unit weapon—not the All-Star-caliber dynamo he’s become.

With Lowry bricking open looks from deep (and only shooting seven times, which is an issue on its own), it was hard to avoid feeling, even if only for a second, that nothing had changed. That the Raptors were stumbling down the same familiar path they’d trod before.

It may be a new postseason featuring a new coaching staff and a host of new players on their roster, but at least so far it appears to be the same old story for the Toronto Raptors. The East’s No. 2 seed had a Game 1 victory in its sights but the seventh-seeded Orlando Magic had other plans with a stunning 104-101 win, thanks to D.J. Augustin’s game-winning 3.

With the loss, the Raptors fall to 2-14 in career playoff Game 1s. Kawhi Leonard and Co. will have the chance at redemption on Tuesday night as the two teams will take the floor in Toronto once again to square off in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.