Luke Walton and Magic Johnson haven't spoken in weeks

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These moves were followed by DeAndre Jordan leaving in the summer of 2018 to sign a free agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks, thus dismantling the heart and soul of the "Lob City" connection, while sending/allowing all of their star power to go elsewhere.

"I think we made great progress from Game 1", Leonard said during a chat with a few media members after Toronto crushed Minnesota to finish off the first part of the campaign. Some veterans are sure to stay too, meaning the outlook in Orlando hasn't been this bright in a long time. "This is what he wants to do, and I'm behind him 100 per cent". "I want to create something here".

If this was his curtain call in Charlotte, Walker certainly left Hornets fans with a memory of what they'll miss. He scored 11 points in just over the final two minutes of the first quarter.

The Raptors won't be at full strength for Game 1, and probably won't be for a while.

"I've never seen any guy who can make five huge plays in a row, steal a ball, hit a pull-up three, go down and take a charge, come down, drive in and throw one in".

"It did shock me, like it did the rest of the world, but this is what's best for him", Ball said.

The six-foot-eight, 232-pounder, in his second National Basketball Association campaign, missed 15 games during the regular season - three with a wrist sprain, four with concussion-like symptoms and eight for personal reasons. The 3rd year player who led the "bench mob" last year for the Raptors has become one of the most entertaining players to watch, becoming a favorite to win the Most Improved Player of the Year Award. We could also see Gordon take on a little bit more of a creators role in the series to try and open up another dimension of the Magic offense.

"This group, we have guys that have been there, we've got a couple champions on our team, a couple guys that have been in the Western, Eastern conference finals, guys who've played at high levels", Lowry said.

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Lue was the Cleveland Cavaliers coach who led the Cavs to three-straight NBA Finals - and one title - with James leading the way. Leaving the Lakers this summer could be great for Walton, who was basically in a no-win situation in LA.

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Starting point guard D.J. Augustin had a brief stint with the Raptors, starting shooting guard Evan Fournier was drafted by Ujiri when he was with Denver and backup centre Khem Birch is a Montreal native, as is Toronto's Chris Boucher. This team has always been struggling, but their play in their past 31 games has been as good as any other group in the National Basketball Association. "It's what's best for him".

The Charlotte loss means Tony Parker's string of 17 straight playoff appearances is over. "I know that if anybody's done more than this kid, has improved more, has impacted the team more and continued to improve from even, jeez, 20 games ago", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

"That's hard to hear". Borrego said that had the Hornets qualified for the playoffs, there was a strong possibility Parker would have gone back into the rotation. The Raptors can't give Ross any more favourite nights.

"I'm happy with what we did in two years. Tony's footprint is all over this organization".

"They know us well and we need to know them well, so it's having an offensive plan and defensive plan and everyone knowing what we are trying to do at both ends of the floor", Clifford said.

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby has undergone an emergency appendectomy after being diagnosed with acute appendicitis.

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