Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers' President of Basketball Operations

If things go the way the Lakers expect in the offseason, whoever the team hires as its next coach should have a much easier job. "It's no extra added stress".

The problems arise for Orlando if Isaac is getting worked by Leonard.

Anunoby was on his teammates' minds Friday as they prepared to tip off the post-season. "I'm happy about the direction [the team is going in]".

But neither one had a ton of playoff experience. They've have had their sights set on the NBA Finals for the past few seasons, but have fallen short to the point where they've earned a reputation for severely underachieving on the big stage. Orlando handed Toronto the biggest loss of its season, a 116-87 defeat on December 28 - a game that was notable for two reasons. Their first-round opponent? The red-hot Orlando Magic. What am I doing? I think the advantage is squarely with the Magic's frontcourt, but will it be enough to slow down the very talented guard and wing combinations of Toronto?

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. Both Green and Leonard won an National Basketball Association championship with San Antonio.

And it's taken some of the load off of Lowry. "I feel good (now)", Leonard said, after playing in 60 games.

"I just enjoy sometimes after the games, guys coming up to me and showing respect for me". But he's doled out a career-best 8.7 assists a night - second in the league behind Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. "I wanna go back to having fun, I wanna go back to who I was before taking on this job". "Change a whole game in like 90 seconds sometimes", Nurse said. "I looked at him like a big brother". I worked well with him.

"We had moments where we were really, really good and we had moments where we were really, really bad", forward Brandon Ingram said. It was only five years earlier when he had come through the Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, then headed to Texas for prep school and onto New Mexico State before becoming a late first-round pick.

Nick Nurse said on Friday that his team is not looking back. "It's what's best for him".

Saunders, 32, is the youngest head coach in the league.

"He's just easy going", said backup guard Fred VanVleet. I know that it's a possibility that next year I could be here as well.

"We're going to try to win". Miles Bridges, who played well against the Cavs last night, will once again be called upon to make it happen.

"It's high. Its high as it can be, as high as it should be", VanVleet said.

There has been plenty of Raptors-centric breakdowns and dissecting of the four previous encounters between the teams, so we have chose to change it up a little bit. His voice starts to crack a little bit. The Clippers disagreed, as, they presently have a record of 48 wins and 34 losses, and hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Magic won the series 4-1.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is fouled by Orlando Magic centre Nikola Vucevic during a game in Toronto, on April 1, 2019.

But the expectation is that Leonard's impact will loom larger in a playoff series when he can be deployed as a hammer and brought down on the Magic's offensive actions where needed.

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