Magic Wands: Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors — April 21, 2019

Jonathan Isaac proved valuable for the Orlando Magic's playoff run. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Jonathan Isaac proved valuable for the Orlando Magic's playoff run. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic face a must-win Game 4 at the Amway Center to avoid falling into a 3-1 deficit against the Toronto Raptors. The Magic have played well with their backs against the wall.

Game 4: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic (Toronto leads 2-1)

Time/TV: 7 p.m./TNT, FOX Sports Florida
Line: Raptors by 5.5
Tickets: $74-$1,412 on Vivid Seats
2019 Season Series: Raptors 93, Magic 91 in Orlando on Nov. 20; Magic 116, Raptors 87 in Orlando on Dec. 28; Magic 113, Raptors 98 in Toronto on Feb. 24; Raptors 121, Magic 109 in Toronto on April 1
Playoff Series: Game 1 – Magic 104, Raptors 101 in Toronto; Game 2- Raptors 111, Magic 82 in Toronto; Game 3 – Raptors 98, Magic 93 in Orlando; Game 4 – April 21 in Orlando; Game 5- April 23 in Toronto

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1) The Orlando Magic have spent their entire season bouncing back from adversity. They will have to do it again at home to even their playoff series, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

2) Jonathan Isaac has leaned on his faith through good times and bad times as a basketball player, Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

3) Pascal Siakam is sending a message to the league and to young Africans everywhere on what is possible, Doug Smith of The Toronto Star writes.

4) Pascal Siakam has turned into the Toronto Raptors’ second “Batman” this playoff series, Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun writes. He has made another leap this season, William Ricks of Raptors Rapture writes.

5) When Pascal Siakam entered the league, Bo Outlaw seemed like an ideal outcome, but he has become much much more, Ian Levy of The Step Back writes.

6) Sometimes the adjustments are simple — the Orlando Magic need to make shots to win Game 4. Missed opportunities cost the Magic in Game 3, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.

7) The Toronto Raptors’ starters are dominating the Orlando Magic and that has helped propel them into the series lead, Blake Murphy of The Athletic writes.

8) The Orlando Magic are searching for a better purpose of play to direct their efforts in this series. The Magic must stick to their identity to get through this tough series. The Magic are looking for answers for Evan Fournier’s poor shooting and the team’s poor starts to games, Zach Oliver of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.

9) The Orlando Magic have responded well to adversity all year and the team believes it will rise to the challenge again in Game 4, John Denton of writes. The Magic certainly will not back down, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.

10) Marc Gasol has proven the Toronto Raptors right, Thomas Valentine of Raptors Rapture writes.

11) Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford has leaned on his experiences with the Van Gundy brothers as he tries to lead the Magic through the playoffs, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes. The “Van Gundy way” has helped push the Magic higher.

12) The Toronto Raptors are making noise with their stifling defense, Dave Feschuk of The Toronto Star writes. The Raptors passed another playoff test in withstanding the Orlando Magic in Game 3.

13) These are not the Toronto Raptors of old as they prove new things about themselves at each turn, the Toronto Sun’s staff writers discuss.

14) Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is finding his voice as he goes through his first playoff series, Eric Koreen of The Athletic writes.

15) Statistics do not quite capture Kyle Lowry’s importance to the Toronto Raptors, Mike Ganter of The Toronto Sun writes.

16) Despite the Game 3 loss, the Orlando Magic’s defense continued to shine and give them a chance to win, Josh Cohen of writes.

17) The Orlando Magic invested heavily in the 2017 NBA Draft and have tons of potential still to mine, Trevor Magnotti of The Step Back finds in his re-draft.

18) The Orlando Magic’s playoff run is proving to be a big exposure for the state of Florida and all the sports it has to offer, John Denton of writes.