The first time was in 2016 when the team made its deepest run in franchise history, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing in six games.
Or 31 of them, perhaps.
Toronto's bench production has been spotty this season and that's a concern, in large part because OG Anunoby has been lost for an indefinite period after having an emergency appendectomy on Thursday. Evan Fournier has averaged 19.5 points and added 3.8 rebounds while shooting 53.6 per cent over the last 10 games for Orlando. Dwane Casey was sacked even after winning coach of the year honours, and All-Star DeMar DeRozan was traded to San Antonio in the deal to bring in Kawhi Leonard. Now, with the season over and a critical offseason upon them, it will fall on the shoulders of Jeanie Buss to pick up the pieces and get the team back on track. They're long and athletic.
"So if we're turning the ball over, which they're good at creating, then those are their best games". Toronto has underperformed their seeding in postseason play the past few seasons, with last year's sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers serving as the epitome of those disappointments. Starting guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka were rested. "Now - this is what matters". They looked like the season was over at the end of January.
Orlando is making its first playoff appearance since 2012.
"He's sick enough, I mean I don't think we're going to know obviously until right before the game", Magic coach Steve Clifford said.
"You really have to buy in and win games", said Leonard. "You play well for a certain reason". The hope is that both will be fully recovered and ready to go by the start of the playoffs this weekend. Play the way we play.
Gasol is also a big-game player. "That's what we need to do". He left the game to a standing ovation with 1:06 remaining and received a hug from coach James Borrego.
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"As you guys might expect, this is my last home game". "That's obviously my hometown, but it doesn't really matter", White said . Nowitzki , 40, announced after the game that he would retire following the Mavericks' season finale Wednesday at San Antonio .
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He later told ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he didn't tell Buss first because he was afraid she would have talked him out of it. Magic Johnson's time as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers has come to an end.
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But Leonard is full-go, and feeling good as well.
"It was a dream come true for me", Ball said according to Sporting News. "Nothing flared up or got worse". He took over when Tom Thibodeau was sacked in early January and has earned the endorsement of his players, most notably from All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns.
"We're more mature, in a way", Vucevic said.
"We're just happy", she told the outlet.
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Toronto seems to be dogged annually for not yet breaking through and winning a title, or even reaching the NBA Finals.
"These two are two legends and it feels like they're nearly the last of that generation, " said Fournier, a seven-year National Basketball Association veteran. On Feb. 24, the Magic earned a 15-point win at Scotiabank Arena led by a 28-point performance from reserve guard Terrance Ross, who spent the first 4.5 seasons of his career with the Raptors.
Charlotte is 2-1 against Orlando this season. The Magic defeat the Celtics 116-108.