Game 78 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: A Much Comfortable Lin From 3-Point Line
Jeremy Lin has made his last three 3-point shots in the last 2 games against NY Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Granted, these are bottom-rank teams in the Eastern Conference but Jeremy also missed all five 3-pt shots (0-5) in the Bulls game prior to these 2 games so there’s definitely improvement in how comfortable he has been to take his shots in the Raptors system.
The Orlando Magic game would provide tougher test if Lin can continue his improved offense against a motivated team who wants to get a playoff berth. The Magic has won 7 out of its past 8 games. It’s currently at the 9th spot behind Brookyn Nets and Miami Heat so they will be motivated to win to reach the 8th and final spot for the Eastern Conference playoff.
“That was a big win for us to come here on their floor,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said after the win over Indiana. “They’ve been playing great here all year long. They’re a tough team to beat here.”
The Magic have had success against the Pacers. They took the season series with Indians 3-1 and have won their past two games at Indianapolis. The Philadelphia 76ers are the only other team to win twice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.
The Magic also have had success against the Raptors, holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series. The teams split two games in Orlando and the Magic defeated the Raptors 113-98 in Toronto on Feb. 24. Former Raptor Terrence Ross scored 28 points in that game and Vucevic had 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The Raptors, meanwhile, would be just as happy if the playoffs started now. Instead they have five games remaining and coach Nick Nurse intends to make good use of them.
“It’s not like I’m saying we haven’t done this enough or that enough or he hasn’t played enough,” Nurse said. “We’re ready to roll but since it’s not time to roll and there is time to polish a few things up then we are going to do that.”
With five games remaining in the regular season, Lin will need to capitalize to showcase how he can help the Raptors in the 9th spot for the playoff. His 3-point shooting and secondary playmaker to Vanvleet as the PG for the 2nd unit would be key to determine if he can play for 10-15 minutes in the playoff.