Danny Green praises the Toronto Raptors' versatility ahead of 2019 NBA Playoffs

14 April, 2019, 03:58 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
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Fournier and Aaron Gordon, both acquired by the Magic on the same night in 2014, have suffered through four years of struggles prior to breaking through this season. It is worth noting that Kawhi Leonard sat out on February 24 and Kyle Lowry was sidelined during the blowout loss on December 28. Turnovers have been problematic at times this season, although the Magic have done a good job overall of keeping turnovers to a minimum. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, and right now they're looking more confused and unstable than a class act. They would like to end the season having avoided any type of injury, so they can enter the playoffs at full strength. Acquired in the off-season with a championship appearance as the No. 1 goal, Leonard is the most talented player in franchise history, MVP of the 2014 National Basketball Association finals and a two-time defensive player of the year.

"I don't want to play on a rebuilding team", said Parker, who is under contract for $5.25 million next season.

The Raptors have never had that in their lineup for the playoffs before.

Shipping Jonas Valanciunas to Memphis for Marc Gasol at the trade deadline was a big blow to fans who loved the big Lithuanian. Gordon is a tough matchup for bigs because of his ability to play on the perimeter, and a tough matchup for wings because of his strength in the post - Siakam can handle both, which could make things hard for Gordon in his first playoff appearance.

Charlotte Hornets fans had developed some hope for the playoffs over the past few weeks of the season, despite the small odds of actually clinching a playoff birth.

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"It was a dream come true for me", Ball said. Gone is DeRozan in favour of Kawhi Leonard - the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals - and Danny Green.

Toronto seems to be dogged annually for not yet breaking through and winning a title, or even reaching the NBA Finals.

Smart sustained the injury in a game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, and he did not play in Tuesday's regular-season finale at Washington. He actually gave it a couple of bites too something not many would be willing to do so give Kawhi credit for that. Iwundu is averaging 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 19.3 minutes over three games against the Hornets this season but just 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 17.7 minutes over 12 starts this year.

There are two very compelling reasons why Orlando has Toronto's attention. He was the Raptors' GM under president Masai Ujiri before being hired by the Magic in 2017. Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Magic vs. Raptors spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $4,000 on its National Basketball Association picks this season, and find out. But this rebuilt version of the post-season Raptors boasts a collection of "professionals", a group of with more post-season experience than the team has ever had.

Coach Steve Clifford - who was sacked by the Hornets last April after five seasons as the head coach - said the Magic had a good practice Tuesday after clinching a playoff spot Sunday.

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