ORLANDO, FLA.—If there’s one thing the Raptors and Orlando Magic know after two games of their NBA playoff series, it’s that they may have no bearing on Friday’s Game 3.
“My answer is probably each game takes on its own identity,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said here Friday night. “I think series can change quickly one game to the next. But I think there’s also something to imposing your will on another team.”
The Raptors will be seeking to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and reclaim the homecourt advantage they gave away when the lost Game 1.
But after playing poorly in Game 1 and so well in Game 2, it’s impossible to know for certain how the third game might unfold.
The Magic were playing their first home playoff game since Game 4 of a first-round series in May, 2012. Game 4 in the series with the Raptors is Sunday here and Game 5 is in Toronto on Tuesday.