Raptors forward OG Anunoby undergoes emergency surgery, will miss start of playoffs

His game-winner on November 20 saved the Raptors from what could have been a bad loss while his seven 3-pointers sparked a big second half in the team's win on April 1.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Toronto, then the series heads to Orlando for Game 3 on April 19 and Game 4 on April 21.

Or 31 of them, perhaps.

If there's a prevailing theme to this rebuilt Toronto Raptors squad heading into the much-anticipated post-season, it's: been there, done that.

And after two full seasons as the President, Johnson has officially stepped down, via an impromptu press conference.

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol and will be available to play in the team's playoff opener Saturday in Toronto, the team announced Thursday night. They're long and athletic. NBA playoff basketball in Los Angeles. It is worth noting that Kawhi Leonard sat out on February 24 and Kyle Lowry was sidelined during the blowout loss on December 28. "Now - this is what matters". He will see multiple different defensive schemes and against a hard-nosed Orlando Magic team that ranks 8th in defense, Siakam will want to get the ball rolling. Kaminsky is at the end of his rookie-scale contract, and the Hornets can restrict his free agency by making a qualifying offer of about $5 million next season. But their turnaround has been stellar, and for the first time since 2012, the playoffs are their reward.

"He said, "I don't know yet", Nurse said. "You play well for a certain reason. But if you [have] defence, you give yourself a chance". Play the way we play. "But whether it's Wojnarowski, whether it's Ramona Shelburne, or a host of other National Basketball Association reporters, all of us have heard [Johnson wanted to fire Pelinka] within the last 12 hours".

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Ross may not have the ability to have a "revenge series" against the Raptors but he may be able to have a revenge game.

What happens when Kawhi Leonard, the soft-spoken superstar of the Toronto Raptors, is asked to eat bull penis pizza made by Serge Ibaka? "It's what's best for him". "Nothing flared up or got worse. We're in a good place and for me individually, it's about the wins and leading the team as best I can and staying emotionally solid, staying even-keeled and keeping everyone else even-keeled". In order for Kemba's team to qualify for the postseason, they have to beat the Magic tonight, AND the 17-64 Knicks (back-to-back wins coming in) have to beat the Pistons. We're going to need him at some point so we wish him a speedy recovery.

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.

The Magic also received 27 points from Aaron Gordon, 18 from D.J. Augustin, and 14 from Evan Fournier.

After 180 days of regular season basketball, the playoffs are finally here. Toronto, as the two-seed in 2016 and the one-seed past year, has managed an 8-5.

Toronto and Orlando split four games this season, each going 1-1 at home.

  • Lawrence Cooper