Hot shooting from D.J. Augustin and the Magic's supporting cast, along with a scoreless night from Kyle Lowry, were enough to cost them the game. In those games, he scored 18 and 22 points respectively. Or take Marc Gasol's in-and-out three in the dying seconds and tack on the one free throw he missed. After a season in which he played just nine times for San Antonio, and had such a disagreement with the Spurs over treatment of his quad injury that it fractured his relationship with the organization and ultimately led to the trade, the Raptors were obviously going to prioritize keeping him healthy and happy.
"That is [Lowry] at his finest. He was doing it all".
The Raptors were much improved defensively all around on Tuesday.
Game 1 was a surprise, but I don't see the surprise happening today as well. He added four rebounds and seven assists, a pair of steals and a blocked shot to his stat line as well as four fouls. He appeared spry, inexhaustible and entirely comfortable in the confines of a Toronto offense that flowed effortlessly.
Though Leonard reveals virtually no emotion in his postgame remarks, his sparse comments offer insights into how he assembles the sort of performance that paced the Raptors on Tuesday night.
But aside from the bizarrely underused Leonard, Siakam was Toronto's best player on the floor for long stretches of the game.
The Kawhiassance was, admittedly, probably a game late, and through no real fault of Leonard's. "Just reading angles, reading the backside of the defense".
One - Therapeutic: The Raptors owed it to themselves to finally play to their potential. They were very effective double-teaming Vucevic's post-ups, holding the Magic big man to 3-of-7 from the field. Really, just trying to play team basketball, get to my spots, see if I draw two [defenders]. "If I do - just pass it".
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Orlando surprised many with a 104-101 win at Toronto to open the series on Saturday.
Gasol is another case study in how the Raptors can dice up opponents this spring through smarts and precision.
Four - Encouragement: Even by Toronto standards, this was an outstanding crowd, and they were determined to cheer on their point guard.
"(It was) just all of us buying in", Leonard said.
After a season in which he was treated with the utmost caution, Toronto's All-NBA talent was handed the keys to the offence on Tuesday night, and he responded with a performance that underlined why he was brought here in a risky off-season trade.
"I went 3-for-14", he said. "It makes it hard for me to create anything and they do a good job taking away a lot of my strengths".
"If you had time to study the game, he played a terrific game". Augustin and the rest of the Orlando ball handlers. The question is: How much noise will the crowd make in these next two home games?
"It wasn't flipping the switch, it was more being locked in on every coverage, everything we wanted to do, just being on the same page and communication", Lowry said. "We made sure we helped each other and made sure that if someone went to help, that someone helped the helper, and helped the helper's helper", said Kyle Lowry. The Playoff Raptors, the absolute measure of all of the team's tinkering since a second consecutive premature ouster? They're loaded with savvy veterans who understand how to manufacture both stops and shots, how to counter length, as they did in Game 2, and how to shrink the floor against an opponent with offensive limitations. In game ones, he has averaged almost seven assists per game. All that's required now is its maintenance.
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