10 things of Raptors-Magic Game 2



Here are 10 highlights of the Toronto Raptors' 111-82 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game 2.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "One – Therapeutic: The Raptors owed it to themselves to finally play to their potential. No matter how you divide it, the Raptors simply did not participate in Game 1 and the Magic capitalized. What followed was a three-day waiting period in which the Raptors – Nick Nurse and Kyle Lowry in particular – absorbed bodily blows from all the critics in the media, and that seemed to finally awaken them. "Data-reactid =" 23 ">One – Therapeutic: The Raptors owed it to themselves to finally play to their potential. No matter how you divide it, the Raptors simply did not participate in Game 1 and the Magic capitalized. What followed was a three-day waiting period in which the Raptors (Nick Nurse and Kyle Lowry in particular) absorbed body bumps from all the media critics, and that seemed to finally awaken them.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Two – Redemption: That's why it was so ridiculous to defend Lowry for his failure in Game 1, because he clearly was not committed. This is what it seems when Lowry is really involved, he is unmistakable and ubiquitous. Lowry recovered in an important way, and it was not only with his 22 points. He was not afraid to go to the edge, he plunged on the ground in search of loose balls, sacrificed his body on charges, watched almost all the wings of the Magic, blocked D.J. Agustin on the edge, and broke the defense to create open looks for his teammates. "Data-reactid =" 26 ">Two – Redemption: That's why it was so ridiculous to defend Lowry for his failure in Game 1, because he clearly was not committed. This is what it seems when Lowry is really involved, he is unmistakable and ubiquitous. Lowry recovered in an important way, and it was not only with his 22 points. He was not afraid to go to the edge, he plunged on the ground in search of loose balls, sacrificed his body on charges, watched almost all the wings of the Magic, blocked D.J. Agustin on the edge, and broke the defense to create open looks for his teammates.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Three – Promising: Not only did the three fall, but Lowry attacked the rim with a ferocity that has been absent for most of the season. There was a possession in the third where Lowry went from tip to tip for a layup in about five seconds, and he needs to stay in attack mode. The Raptors should be considered favorites to get out of the East if Lowry plays like that constantly in the playoffs. "Data-reactid =" 29 ">Three – Promising: Not only did the three fall, but Lowry attacked the rim with a ferocity that has been absent for most of the season. There was a possession in the third where Lowry went from tip to tip for a layup in about five seconds, and he needs to stay in attack mode. The Raptors should be considered favorites to get out of the East if Lowry plays like that constantly in the playoffs.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Four – Breath: Even by Toronto standards, this was an exceptional crowd, and they were determined to cheer on their owner. Scotiabank Arena & nbsp;it exploded with emotion& nbsp; (decibel levels competed with those of the free pizza) when Lowry hit a free kick in the first, and the night ended with Lowry getting a standing ovation when he checked into the fourth. "data-reactid =" 30 ">Four – Breath: Even by Toronto standards, this was an exceptional crowd, and they were determined to cheer on their owner. Scotiabank Arena exploded with excitement (decibel levels competed with those of the free pizza) when Lowry hit a free kick in the first, and the night ended with Lowry receiving a standing ovation when he retired in the fourth.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Five – Superstar: You will not see anyone complaining about cargo handling after Kawhi Leonard exploded by 37 points in 15 of 22 shots. It's only the second game of the playoffs, but Leonard has already organized one of the best postseason performances of the Raptors of all time. He still does not make it to Lowry by scoring 35 in Game 7 to qualify for the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, and it's not Vince Carter's 50 points against the Sixers, but is there any doubt that Leonard can overcome those performances if necessary? Leonard delivered a reminder tonight: he is one of the three best players and that is why Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster risked everything to catch him. "Data-reactid =" 33 ">Five – Superstar: You will not see anyone complaining about cargo handling after Kawhi Leonard exploded by 37 points in 15 of 22 shots. It's only the second game of the playoffs, but Leonard has already organized one of the best postseason performances of the Raptors of all time. He still does not make it to Lowry by scoring 35 in Game 7 to qualify for the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, and it's not Vince Carter's 50 points against the Sixers, but is there any doubt that Leonard can overcome those performances if necessary? Leonard delivered a reminder tonight: he is one of the three best players and that is why Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster risked everything to catch him.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Six – Omnipotent: Leonard was in such a situation that he began to play with the defense, which is very out of place for an otherwise simple player. He broke each crossover in his bag, stopped in three trios of more than 7 feet, divided the traps before driving down the lane to tip over, picked up the ball at will and even attempted backward acrobatics. He did everything possible to drink a beer and turn the ball in Serge Ibaka's face. It was a performance of "LeBronto", only in reverse. "Data-reactid =" 34 ">Six – Omnipotent: Leonard was in such a situation that he began to play with the defense, which is very out of place for an otherwise simple player. He broke each crossover in his bag, stopped in three trios of more than 7 feet, divided the traps before driving down the lane to tip over, picked up the ball at will and even attempted backward acrobatics. He did everything possible to drink a beer and turn the ball in Serge Ibaka's face. It was a performance of "LeBronto", only in reverse.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Seven – Unstoppable: It is perfectly clear that the Magic has no answer for Leonard and Marc Gasol working on the pick-and-roll in the middle of the floor. The Gasol screens are too robust for Gordon to evade them, and Nikola Vucevic is too slow to affect Leonard in any way. The Magic can double Leonard, which leaves Gasol open for three, or turn on the play and risk Leonard attacking Vucevic in isolation. The Raptors must spam this combination nauseam for the rest of the series. "Data-reactid =" 37 ">Seven – Unstoppable: It is perfectly clear that the Magic has no answer for Leonard and Marc Gasol working on the pick-and-roll in the middle of the floor. The Gasol screens are too robust for Gordon to evade them, and Nikola Vucevic is too slow to affect Leonard in any way. The Magic can double Leonard, which leaves Gasol open for three, or turn on the play and risk Leonard attacking Vucevic in isolation. The Raptors must spam this combination nauseam for the rest of the series.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Eight – Closure: Gasol alone has made Vucevic a responsibility. Vucevic continued with a miserable 3-for-14 performance in Game 1 with only six points on seven shots tonight. Gasol not only swallowed Vucevic completely in the mail, but Gasol could also show up and cut Augustin at the same time he denied the pocket pbad to Vucevic. "Data-reactid =" 38 ">Eight – Closure: Gasol alone has made Vucevic a responsibility. Vucevic continued with a miserable 3-for-14 performance in Game 1 with only six points on seven shots tonight. Gasol not only swallowed Vucevic completely in the mail, but Gasol could also show up and cut Augustin while denying the pocket pbad to Vucevic.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Nine – Adjustment: After fiddling with double-center alignments and other ill-conceived alignments in Game 1, Nurse has just looked for the simple solution that Leonard and Siakam cover all the important minutes in power forward in the absence of OG Anunoby. This is how it should be for the rest of the series: play the best lineups so you can rest instead of resting until you need them. "Data-reactid =" 39 ">Nine – Adjustment: After fiddling with double-center alignments and other ill-conceived alignments in Game 1, Nurse has just looked for the simple solution that Leonard and Siakam cover all the important minutes in power forward in the absence of OG Anunoby. This is how it should be for the rest of the series: play the best lineups so you can rest instead of resting until you need them.

<p clbad = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Ten – Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in the 15 points of Terrence Ross from the bench. Fred VanVleet stuck to Ross as glue, but Ross is almost eight inches taller and was able to easily climb over VanVleet to have a clean vision of three. The nurse could change Norman Powell for Ross, but VanVleet would still be covering a bigger player in Evan Fournier. "Data-reactid =" 40 ">Ten – Concern: However, the absence of Anunoby was still felt in the 15 points of Terrence Ross from the bench. Fred VanVleet stuck to Ross as glue, but Ross is almost eight inches taller and was able to easily climb over VanVleet to have a clean vision of three. The nurse could change Norman Powell for Ross, but VanVleet would still be covering a bigger player in Evan Fournier.

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