Well, kids, how was that for a Magic trick? It took the Raptors all of one game to be reminded that nothing will be easy on their road to the NBA Finals. Listen as the boys break down game one of Raptors-Magic.
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Toronto got off to a slow start from beyond the arc, showed some fight in overcoming an early 16-point deficit, and, ultimately, fell short in the final minute. Kyle Lowry will not-quite-deservedly receive a ton of criticism for going scoreless, despite producing some good (non-shooting) stats. The Raptors were able to shut down Nikola Vucevic. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with Forever Raptor Killer, DJ Augustin.
As deflating as this loss was, there were lots of positives that emerged. Playoff Kawhi was unleashed, Siakam out-performed, and great ball movement generated a lot of open looks in the first half.
Sometimes the simplest explanations can be the most effective. The Raptors simply need to knock down shots. Toronto ranked in the top five in FT% this season, yet shot 9-of-14 last night. Since the All-Star break, the Raptors were easily the no. 1 three-point shooting team (almost 42%), yet only hit 33% (12-of-36).
2:45 - Breaking down some numbers
7:40 - There were some positives
11:00 - The negatives were glaring
15:45 - Game 2 adjustments