There’s a certain kinship between the teams of Toronto and Orlando. Yes, the latter franchise actually has been the the Finals a couple of times (despite existing only half a dozen more years than the Raptors), but both generally exist outside the main narrative of the league. Despite the animus we Raptors and Magic fans are supposed to feel for each other in this present moment — what with the squads locked in a 1-1 opening round playoff series — we can also acknowledge this intertwined fate.
We’d be hard-pressed to get the fans in Orlando to admit that now though as they gear up for their first playoff game in seven years. We Raptors fans can relate to that, having survived a five-year drought of our own before the We the North era began in earnest in very late 2013. Prior to that, at the turn of the decade, it was possible to look at the Magic with something approaching envy. They almost tasted gold a decade ago; and the Raptors? Well, Toronto was about as low as it could get.
But fortunes turn in time. The Magic are now the up-and-coming team, the Raptors the established force in the East. Not much has changed for either team since Tuesday’s Game 2, except we know now that Toronto has another gear and that the Magic may not. (Also, Toronto’s Patrick McCaw may return this game, so there’s that.) Still, Orlando will be turned up — and that’s not nothing when a long post-season dry spell comes to an end.
Can the Raptors withstand the Magic’s home-based attack? First, read Ben Scott’s full Game 3 preview here, then check the updated game details below.
And finally, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
TSN at 7:00pm 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 – Patrick McCaw (thumb - probable!), OG Anunoby (appendix - out),
Orlando – Markelle Fultz (shoulder - out), Mohamed Bamba (leg - out), Timofey Mozgov (finger - out)