Raptors Fall Short To Magic In Game 1 Of The Playoffs
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Danny Green doesn’t believe in superstition but there seems to be a pattern with the Raptors and the Playoffs.
This is our house! This is our house! This our house! That is what Toronto fans were chanting at the top of their lungs before the game. The Scotiabank Arena was filled with energy and it weren’t because the city had all five of their professional teams in action (Raptors, Leafs, TFC, Marlies, and Blue Jays) today. Okay maybe a little, but mostly because Toronto has had an outstanding season and they have been waiting for this moment for a long time. It was nice to see a few fellow athletes in the crowd for the first playoff game in Toronto. Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and former Raptor, Jonas Valanciunas were amongst them.
Gasol wins the jump and the ball lands in Siakam’s hands who then passes to Lowry. Toronto put up the first points of the game, thanks to Kawhi Leonard. Leonard had seven of Toronto’s first nine points. A few moments later Magic player, DJ Augustin hits a contested buzzer beater over Fred Van Vleet and drains it! This may be a closer game than some thought. But , you know what- minutes later Van Vleet hit back to back three pointers from the same spot.
Danny Green would foul ( former Raptor) Terrence Ross steps before the arc who would then head to the line to shoot three. Ross hits all three and would give Orlando their first lead of the game.
Siakam would drive through four Magic players to throw down a big jam putting the Raptors up seven points with twenty seconds to play in the opening quarter. The Orlando Magic have a good squad but one player that really stands out is Terrence Ross. He is consistent, an all around player and aggressive. Ross bringing his team within one point in the second quarter and finishing with 10 pts & 6 reb.
Fun Fact: Terrence Ross was the last Toronto Raptor to win the dunk contest back in 2013. The only Raptor before him to win it were Vince Carter back in 2000. Also in 2013, Ross ties the franchise record for points in a game set by Vince Carter on February 27, 2000 with 51 pts.
After Toronto succumbed to a 12-0 run Marc Gasol drills a three (finally) to bring Toronto within 11pts. Green would also come back to life and hit a three ball before the buzzer ended the half. Toronto goes on a 14-2 run to start the second half but Kyle Lowry still has zero points on the board. Toronto needs their leader and veteran to bring a little more to the court if they want to win this series. Lowry finished the game with zero points.
Danny Green and Siakam Both pick up their third foul of the game mid way through the third quarter. Despite their foul trouble these two along with Leonard and Gasol came up with 75 of the teams 101 total points.
Orlando takes the lead again to start the fourth quarter but Serge Ibaka will get his fifth point of the game with a three ball to tie it up at 79. Michael Carter-Williams gets hit in the face by Lowry and was obviously very upset that the refs didn’t make a call on it. He was down for a few seconds then made a b-line for the ref. I’m not sure if he were just running to talk to him or to do something more physical? But , what I do know if he didn’t come back for the reminder of the game.
The Orlando Magic continued to silence the crowd and stay in this game. Evan Fournier steals the ball and gets the layup only for Kawhi to follow and tie the game at 99 and then hit a fade-away baseline jumper. Magic’s lead scorer Augustin drains a long shot from beyond the arc,making Toronto fans very nervous as there is only 3.4 seconds to go with Eaps down by three points. Kawhi shoots an air ball and Orlando takes game one!
These two teams will stay put in Toronto and play game two on Tuesday with tip off at 8:00pm. Remember if you cannot make it inside the arena, Jurassic Park is just as fun!
Orlando 104-101 Toronto