Magic back in the chase


Sports fan Andre Ramirez looks at stats for the Magic game.

Bilal Uddin, sports writer

The Orlando Magic secured the 7th seed in the eastern conference, which gives them a playoff berth for the first time since 2011-2012 season. They have a really hard challenge in front of them as they are set to play the 2nd seed Toronto Raptors led by all-star small forward Kawhi Leonard and all-star point guard Kyle Lowry. But the Magic were ready for them in game 1 after a clutch performance by D.J Augustin who scored 25 points including the game-winning 3 pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the game. But in game 2 Wednesday night, it was a totally different story as the Raptors led the Magic 66-47 going into the second half, then Kawhi Leonard’s 37 points were too much for the Magic as they fell in game two with a score of 111-82. ESPN Staff Writer Kevin Arnovitz said, “Toronto wanted to get more penetration and ball reversals in game 2 to decongest the half-court against Orlando’s long defense.” The Magic look to bounce back and reclaim the series lead as Game 3 is on Friday. They also have home court advantage and will look to build off the electric Orlando crowd. Overall, the Magic are hoping to bring back a championship to Orlando.