We’re running it back because they can’t.
With the National Basketball Association on hold for the foreseeable future, TSN and Sportsnet are airing the entirety of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff run to the 2019 NBA title. You can watch Game 3 Sunday night on Sportsnet starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
Over these 24 games, fans can relive the highs and lows – there were lows, but you just might not remember them – of that magical run to the franchise’s first ever championship, capping a remarkable turnaround from NBA laughingstock to the league’s very best.
From Kawhi Leonard calling the series against the Philadelphia 76ers, to the team improbably overturning a 2-0 series deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks, to that famous June night in Oakland when the Raptors got their hands on the Larry OB, you can relive all 24 games that made the Toronto Raptors NBA champions.
April 19, 2019 – Eastern Conference quarterfinals Game 3 – Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
After the Orlando Magic shocked the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in Game 1 to open up their playoff series, it had Raptors fans nervous heading into the next game.
However, any concern was quickly erased as the Raptors took charge in Game 2 and demonstrated why they were one of the best teams in the NBA in 2018-19.
The Raptors turned in a dominant performance as they defeated the Magic 111-82 to even the series. And more importantly, Toronto received a combined 59 points from their two best players.
After 25 points in his first playoff game as a Raptor, Kawhi Leonard cranked it up a notch in Game 2 as he poured in 37 points with four assists, four rebounds and two steals.
“(It was) just all of us buying in,” Leonard said to the Canadian Press post-game. “Just wanting to come out and win this game. We didn’t feel like we played our best basketball in Game 1, and just wanted to protect home court — really, that’s it.”
Kyle Lowry had a rough outing in Game 1, recording zero points. For Game 2, Lowry was himself again with 22 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.
“He was big-time tonight,” Nurse told CP. “That’s him at his finest tonight. He was charging up the floor, pushing the ball, passing, shooting, driving, kicking, made steals, hands on everything, rebounded. He was doing it all.
“Really happy for him.”
Pascal Siakam also continued to make a difference offensively in Game 2. After 25 points in the opening game, he chipped in with 19 and Serge Ibaka also added 13 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Magic guard DJ Augustin had a big game in Game 1 with 25 points but was held to just nine in Game 2. Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points on this night.
With the series now tied and heading to Orlando, would the Raptors take the lead in Game 3?
“Game 3 in a nutshell: Raps with a big start, Spicy P in beast mode, and a pesky Magic team that refused to go away. Lowry’s gutsy play to grab the offensive rebound with 20 seconds left took me back to UConn practices. Coach Auriemma loved to constantly remind us: “one rebound can lose you a game”. Once again coach, you were right… should’ve told the Magic.”
“What I remember from this game was Terrence Ross doing everything possible (including a ridiculous half-court shot) to beat his former team, but this was the Pascal Siakam show! Thanks to Spicy P’s clutch buckets and shutdown D, home court advantage back to Toronto!”
“When Leonard left in free agency the Raptors were confident Siakam was ready to inherit the lead role. This game was 1 of the reasons why. With Kawhi having an off night (we later found out he was ill) Pascal was brilliant. From MIP to playoff hero. This was his coming out party.”
“Road defence is key, and it was on display in Game 3, limiting Magic to 93 points on 36% shooting. On a night that Kawhi struggled being under the weather, Pascal Siakim was brilliant and the floor spacing improved with Danny Green & Norm Powell combining for five 3’s.”
“The Pascal Siakam Official Coming Out Playoff Party. Yes, Kawhi had an off game by his standards. Yes, defences tightened for this critical Game 3 showdown. Yes, the Magic just wouldn’t stop biting at the Raptors heels. And yes, Kyle had the swoop and steal highlight of the night… but this was undeniably the Siakam Show. Defying anyone who thought his incredibly improved season was an illusion. This might have been the night when Google Nest was inspired to say “Looking good P”.”
“I think we saw the Raps future in Game 3! And I’m not talking the 2019 run…but today! Kawhi was sicker than anyone let on, so the boys had to step up! Siakam played like an all star & Kyle came up big – and it wasn’t a bucket!! And the key to it all – the D that continues to scare opponents and carry them to victory!”