The Orlando Magic went toe-to-toe with Toronto Raptors and used a late push to steal Recreation 1 on the street.
After Pascal Siakam made a driving shot and gave Toronto a six-point lead with just below six minutes left within the fourth quarter, Inpredictable’s stay win likelihood mannequin gave the Magic only a 9.7 % probability of pulling off the upset. With 57 seconds left and the Magic trailing by two, Terrence Ross missed a 3-pointer and their odds have been nonetheless simply 11.9 %.
The Magic crammed these final 57 seconds with the unbelievable. Aaron Gordon secured the rebound and D.J. Augustin made a driving layup. Kawhi Leonard hit Marc Gasol, open within the nook. He missed his 3-point try, Nikola Vucevic bought the rebound and Augustin nailed a 3-pointer of his personal on the different finish to present Orlando a three-point lead with simply 4 seconds left.
They pulled off the upset and the 2019 NBA playoffs have began with each greater seeds shedding on their house flooring. If that is what we’re in retailer for over the following six weeks, it’s going to be a wild postseason.
This can be a entire completely different playoffs for Kyle Lowry. His historical past of playoff struggles is nicely documented (and considerably overblown). Given how this sport ended and the truth that he completed scoreless on 0-of-7 from the sphere, this drum goes to be overwhelmed relentlessly over the following few days. Which is unlucky as a result of Lowry did play a stable sport. He completed with eight assists, 7 rebounds and a couple of steals and the Raptors have been +11 in his 33 minutes. Toronto doesn’t want him to create offense in the identical means they did in earlier seasons. They’ve Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam, who mixed for 49 factors and seven assists, to lighten the load on Lowry. It actually would have helped if he may have made a shot or two however you may’t pin this loss simply on his taking pictures line.
Orlando’s protection is admittedly good. Because the All-Star Break, they’ve been fifth within the league in defensive effectivity, permitting simply 107.Zero factors per 100 possessions. They don’t essentially power a ton of turnovers however they don’t foul, they don’t surrender straightforward photographs they usually don’t surrender second possibilities on the offensive glass. They managed to do all of that to the Raptors in Recreation 1, surrendering simply 6 offensive rebounds and 14 free throw makes an attempt to Toronto, whereas permitting TKTK factors per 100 possessions. Orlando nonetheless has a protracted option to go in the event that they’re going to win the sequence however they’ve let Toronto know nothing goes to return straightforward.
Taking pictures is the good equalizer. The Magic’s protection stored them within the sport, answering each large push by the Raptors by draping lengthy, athletic our bodies over Leonard, Siakam and the Raptors perimeter shooters. However these stops wouldn’t have meant something if Orlando wasn’t additionally knocking them down on the different finish. Headlined by D.J. Augustin’s 4-of-5 efficiency from behind the arc, the Magic went 14-of-29 on 3-pointers, together with 2-of-2 by Aaron Gordon and 2-of-Three by Michael Carter-Williams. This wasn’t an epic, outlier taking pictures efficiency. But it surely was higher than they will moderately count on to shoot going ahead and it was sufficient to beat a powerful sport effort from the Raptors.