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The Raptors are making their sixth consecutive playoff appearance, and are gunning to go one series better than 2015-16 when they got past IN and Miami before losing 4-2 to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers IN the Eastern Conference finals. It was a slight improvement from last season when the team finished the year on a 35-47 record.

Raptors guard @OAnunoby had an emergency appendectomy, team says. The Magic are riding momentum from a strong late-season surge. They are in fact still in the mix, and this game on ESPN tonight is a must-win for them.

The news on Friday of OG Anunoby's sudden injury is no doubt a blow for the Raptors, but it is an obstacle that they can overcome. The Raptors finally had a full lineup when they easily beat Orlando 121-109 two weeks ago.

"Obviously it's been a long process", Ball added. 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. Nurse and Raptors fans can't wait to see "playoff Kawhi". But the numbers don't lie. In a lot of ways, he's become the 2nd option in Toronto's offense averaging 16.5 points a game, but his impact on the defensive end has been apparent as well.

- This is the second postseason meeting between the Magic and Raptors; in 2008, Dwight Howard led Orlando to a five-game series win over Toronto. In every series they play this spring there can be an argument that Leonard will be on equal footing with the other team's best player or, in the case of the Magic - the best player - a big step ahead. Borrego got them one win away from the playoffs, and even in the Eastern Conference, that's impressive, especially for a first-year Head Coach. However, one may be their limit if the Raptors protect home court and Leonard can take over Game 3 or 4 in Orlando. Leonard (with 75 post-season appearances) and Green (with 100) both are National Basketball Association champions, cornerstones of some of San Antonio's finest post-season moments. Unlike the upset specials so routinely observed in the NHL and MLB, the NBA playoffs lean heavily toward chalk in the early rounds.

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The Hornets won 36 games last season, so with 39 wins this season, they made a three-win improvement. The Raptors can't give Ross any more favourite nights.

James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists during his first season with the Lakers but the team failed to make the playoffs.

Who will be the next president of basketball operations for the LA Lakers? . He was the Raptors' GM under president Masai Ujiri before being hired by the Magic in 2017.

Whether Kawhi Leonard will remain with the Toronto Raptors after the 2018-19 playoffs is a subject of constant debate. It virtually started and ended with them. Does he want to play for a team that is at least competitive and try to make the playoffs?

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