Then the Raptors went out and won a Game 1, finally.
Or 31 of them, perhaps.
Johnson called an impromptu press conference Tuesday where he announced the news. Depth is among Toronto's best assets, and Anunoby is an important part of that, especially since his defensive versatility allows the Raptors to play multiple switchable swingmen at all times. They would ignore the "experts" who predicted that they would win no more than 36 games. They're long and athletic. We're feeling good, as we should. "Like, that's literally who I am as a player and as a person". The Raptors were missing Kyle Lowry for one of those losses, however, and Kawhi Leonard for the other. "Now - this is what matters".
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.
The rookie coach mentioned that he could bring Batum off the bench next season as he did near the end of this season. But their turnaround has been stellar, and for the first time since 2012, the playoffs are their reward.
"You don't want to change", Clifford said.
The Lakers have the history, the Hall of Fame players, the championship pedigree, the glitz, the glamour, well, you get the picture. With more Playoff experience and talent, this series shouldn't last more than 5 games. Play the way we play. We're halfway there with LeBron coming (last summer). "That's what we need to do". Game 1 is just the first step.
Patrick McCaw (thumb) and OG Anunoby (appendectomy) are out. He can play in a traditional big lineup alongside Leonard and center Marc Gasol, or in a smaller one if they go with Serge Ibaka in the middle. "Wish him the best". "Nothing flared up or got worse". "I thought we were focused, came out with great energy, locked into the game plan". James suffered the first significant injury of his career (a groin tear) during the Christmas Day game against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, after which he would go on to miss the following 17 games. He said Thursday there is no indication he needs more surgery on that knee, which was operated on last season.
"We're just happy", she told the outlet.
He started 62 regular-season games and each of the Raptors 10 playoff games during his rookie season, and served largely as an understudy to forwards Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam this season.
The Magic also received 27 points from Aaron Gordon, 18 from D.J. Augustin, and 14 from Evan Fournier.
Toronto seems to be dogged annually for not yet breaking through and winning a title, or even reaching the NBA Finals. He hasn't needed to get as many shots up as in years past, and his numbers reflect the depth of this current Raptors team.
I do think the Magic win one of their first two home games.
Raptors: Toronto comes into the playoffs hoping to erase some serious demons. Orlando handed Toronto the biggest loss of its season, a 116-87 defeat on December 28 - a game that was notable for two reasons. Look past the "load management" that limited his output to 60 games and he put up one of the most dominant seasons in the National Basketball Association and one of the most complete offensive assaults in Raptors history, as he averaged 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in just 34 minutes a game with a True Shooting percentage of 60.6 per cent.
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