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Playoff R1G1 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: The Quest for NBA Finals Begins!

Playoff R1G1 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: The Quest for NBA Finals Begins!

With Anunoby (emergency appendectomy) is expected to be out for at least 2 weeks and McCaw (sprained right thumb) out another week, Toronto Raptors will be a little short-handed to start the playoff by hosting Orlando Magic. Will the Raptors get off to a quick start? And will Jeremy Lin play well enough to exceed the expected 8-10 minutes in the 2nd unit? It’s time to find out how the Raptors players respond in the crucial Game 1 at home. We can only hope that Lin’s back or body will be ready with the help of Master Lo (massage therapist) who came all the way from Taiwan. And Lin can once again find a way to believe that he can help his team in the pressure-packed playoff environ... »

#2 Toronto Raptors vs #7 Orlando Magic Playoff Matchup: What We Can Expect From Jeremy Lin’s Role

#2 Toronto Raptors vs #7 Orlando Magic Playoff Matchup: What We Can Expect From Jeremy Lin’s Role

  82 games of 2018-19 regular season has concluded and the 2nd seed Toronto Raptors will meet the 7th seed Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Playoff. The winner of this first round will meet the winner of Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets matchup. It is a good matchup for the Raptors who will avoid meeting #1 seed Milwaukee Bucks and #4 seed Boston Celtics until the Eastern Conference Finals if they advance there. They are expected to provide the toughest challenge in the Eastern Conference, although the deep and talented Celtics roster has had some chemistry issues. Orlando is solid defensively. They're 22-9 over their last 31. They have multiple (& versatile) bigs. And... »

Game 82 Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Last Game To Impress Before The Playoff

Game 82 Toronto Raptors vs Minnesota Timberwolves: Last Game To Impress Before The Playoff

After the DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach Decision), will Jeremy Lin play in the last game of the regular season to impress before the playoff? Jeremy Lin did not play in the Raptors 117-109 OT Win over Miami Heat. In the 2nd unit, Norm Powell played well with perfect 7-7 shooting to finish with 23 points but Anunoby struggled with 0 points in 17 minutes. If Lin plays, this game will be the last game for him to make an impression for the coaches that he can contribute in the stacked Raptors team. Without the ball in his hands, he seemed uninvolved so we can only hope Lin found a way to move off-the-ball and provide the much necessary scoring in the current Raptors system in order to get minutes. ... »

Game 81 Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors: Disappearing Touches

Game 81 Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors: Disappearing Touches

Disappearing Touches for Lin With disappearing touches for Lin in the past few games, the struggle is very real. With sporadic minutes amounting to 10-11 minutes per game without Lin touching the ball, the Raptors did not leverage his strength of distributing the ball and giving him rhythm to be involved in the Raptors offense. Has time run out for Lin to be involved and contributing to the Raptors in the playoff? Lin’s Technical Foul Lin received a technical foul for protesting uncalled foul by defender when Lin drove to the rim. Mr. Ronnie Nunn, Ex-NBA referee, confirmed it was an uncalled foul. Lin’s protest might be considered strong reaction to prompt the undeserved technica... »

Game 80 Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets: A Prayer Request For Playoff Miracle

Game 80 Toronto Raptors vs Charlotte Hornets: A Prayer Request For Playoff Miracle

In Jeremy Lin’s Prayer Request #42, one of them is for a miracle end to the Raptors season, for his team and himself in the playoff. He also requested to a prayer to find the balance between self-confidence and surrender. Spiritually, he felt God called him to Toronto to invest his time for the city and also someone in the Toronto organization. Perhaps he might feel called to invest his time in Toronto beyond this season if everything goes well after the season. With 3 games left in the regular season, it is a good time for Lin fans to help him out with prayer and positive thoughts so God can work a miracle in the playoff for him and his team Lin’s Body Still Not Being 100% After... »

Game 79 Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets: Lin Understands His Limited Offensive Role, Prioritizes Team Win

Game 79 Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets: Lin Understands His Limited Offensive Role, Prioritizes Team Win

With 4 games remaining in the regular season, Jeremy Lin’s role seems to be at the 9th or 10th spot of the depth chart for the playoff. With Anunoby out in the Magic game, Lin was tied at 8th place with Norm Powell on 17 minutes of playing time. Lin finished with 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block on 1-4 shooting (3-4 FTs) while Powell finished with 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist on 3-6 shooting. The Uncertainty of Strategy to Prioritize Making Free-Throws and Secondary Playmaking, Not Scoring Lin’s strategy seems to continue to fit in the team and contribute by getting to the foul line and only shoot while wide-open while continuing to be secondary playmaker to find open teammates. He... »

Game 78 Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors: A Much Comfortable Lin From 3-Point Line

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 sp... »

Game 77 Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: Play Free, Jeremy!

Game 77 Toronto Raptors vs Chicago Bulls: Play Free, Jeremy!

In the post-game interview, Danny Green was asked by a reporter about Lin’s struggle. He acknowledged Lin needs more time to adjust but he just needs to play free and confidently to go back to his old style of playing basketball. [3:13] Danny Green on Lin’s struggle, “Yeah, it took him some more time to figure it out but I think it’s him more on his own head. He’s thinking about it too much. Just play free, play his game, and things will come to him. Sometimes you don’t get rhythm either way, you put more pressure on yourself. He doesn’t need to do that. We’ll talk to him. We’ll continue to encourage him. We’re going to NEED him. I ... »

Game 76 Toronto Raptors vs NY Knicks: Jeremy Lin Needs A Touch of Linsanity Miracle Again at the Madison Square Garden

Game 76 Toronto Raptors vs NY Knicks: Jeremy Lin Needs A Touch of Linsanity Miracle Again at the Madison Square Garden

With only 7 games remaining in the regular season, Jeremy Lin’s time to convince Coach Nurse to give him a meaningful playoff rotation might be running out. He will need a touch of Linsanity miracle that he created back in 2012 at the Madison Square Garden building more than ever. Coach Nurse Wants Lin to Keep Shooting Out of His Slump During the Nick Nurse’s post-game interview, a reporter asked about what he is going to do with Jeremy who struggled with 1-9 shooting to finish with 2 points at the Chicago Bulls game. Lin was aggressive but struggled to make shots. Coach Nurse: “Keep throwing him out there and hope he starts making some shots. That’s it. Keep giving h... »

Game 75 Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors: Uncertain Times Requires Lin’s 6th Man Scoring Role in 2016 Charlotte Hornets

Game 75 Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors: Uncertain Times Requires Lin’s 6th Man Scoring Role in 2016 Charlotte Hornets

 After only playing for 6 minutes despite playing great defense in the loss against the Charlotte Hornets, Jeremy Lin’s role becomes uncertain in Toronto Raptors. What type of role does Coach Nurse want to see from players competing for the 9th rotation spot in the playoff? The answer might be found in Coach Nurse’s post-practice interview in which he praised Norm Powell who did not play in the first half but shot well with 4-5 shooting including 2-2 from 3s to finish with 10 points in 12 minutes of play. Coach Nurse likes if Norm Powell can bottle the energy and continue to knock down some shots with no turnovers. Alarming Raptors Lack of Priority in Defense and Ball Movement It... »