It’s time once again for a Toronto Raptors post-season run. Read that sentence again and get a handle on the mood. The Raptors in the playoffs is now no big deal, nothing to get too excited about. They’ve been here before and expected great things before. The “just happy to be here” energy is long gone. In fact, it’s been replaced by something else, a mood both powerful and distinct: we can win this thing.
And that’s because the Raptors are going into the 2019 playoffs with proven players, guys who have gone in as underdogs and come out on top, players who have jumped into the fire and come out unscathed, a team ready and able to play at the highest levels of the sport.
It’s why we at HQ were fine letting loose with all sorts of nostalgic, retrospective, energy and memory. We weren’t tempting fate, or dragging ourselves through a mental minefield for no reason, we were doing something else. We were burying all those Raptors teams of old and putting them in the past where they belong. They helped Toronto get here, of course, but they’re also something with which to be done.
So we turn now to the Orlando Magic, a team taking their first steps into the post-season since 2012. They were a different team then, one that has since wandered through the wilderness on their way to the right now in Toronto. It will not be easy for them — but we’ll see what happens.
For a more in-depth analysis on this evening’s game, check out Satbir Singh’s full Game 1 preview here. Below are the updated game details. Now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
Sportsnet One, 5:00pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Orlando – D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic
Toronto – OG Anunoby (appendix – out), Patrick McCaw (thumb – out)
Orlando – Markelle Fultz (shoulder – out), Mo Bamba (leg – out), Timofey Mozgov (finger – out)