Raptors will face Orlando in first round of NBA playoffs
|Toronto Star 11 Apr 2019 at 05:35|
It took until the last night of the NBA regular season ‚ÄĒ and the last few minutes of a Magic game in Charlotte ‚ÄĒ but Toronto will meet Orlando to open the first round of the post-season this weekend.
The Magic‚Äôs 122-114 win against Charlotte, combined with Detroit‚Äôs 115-89 pasting of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn‚Äôs 113-94 victory over the Miami Heat, settled the first-round matchups.
Aside from No. 2 seed Toronto and No. 7 Orlando, No. 1 Milwaukee will play No. 8 Detroit, No. 3 Philadelphia meets No. 6 Brooklyn and No. 4 Boston plays No. 5 Indiana in the best-of-seven first round.
The full schedule has yet to be set by the NBA and its broadcast partners.
The Magic split the four-game regular season series with the Raptors, holding Toronto below 100 points in three of the four games. Orlando finished the season with a flourish, going 22-9 over their last 31 games, finishing with a defence ranked in the top 10 in the NBA.
Orlando is in the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and the series boasts some intriguing storylines, with Toronto facing former Raptor Terrence Ross, who had a season-high 35 points on Wednesday against Charlotte. Orlando president Jeff Weltman was the No. 1 assistant to current Raptors president Masai Ujiri before joining the Magic in 2017.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be fun,‚ÄĚ Ross said on the ESPN broadcast of Wednesday‚Äôs game. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs going to be fun. I‚Äôm excited.‚ÄĚ
The Raptors and Magic have met one time before in the post-season, in the first round in 2008. Orlando won that series 4-1.