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Numbers preview: Toronto Raptors (2) vs. Orlando Magic (7)

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The Toronto Raptors are all-in. Last summer, they traded the franchise’s all-time leading scorer (DeMar DeRozan) for Kawhi Leonard, knowing that Leonard could leave after a year. And at the trade deadline, they traded another franchise cornerstone (Jonas Valanciunas) for Marc Gasol.

With their “load management” program, the Raptors did their best to keep Leonard fresh all season. And they managed to finish with the league’s second best record despite 22 missed games from Leonard and 17 missed games from Kyle Lowry. But because they never got an extended run with their two All-Stars and Gasol playing together, it’s not clear just how good this team can be.

We’ll find out soon enough. The Raptors won 16 more games than their first-round opponent, but that opponent – the Orlando Magic – enters the postseason having won 11 of their last 13. Orlando also had some regular-season success against Toronto. In fact, in splitting the season series, no Eastern Conference opponent held the Raptors to fewer points per 100 possessions (101.3) than the Magic, who have the length at the forward positions to deal with Leonard and Pascal Siakam.

Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the 2-7 series in the East, with links to let you dive in and explore more. Game 1 is Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

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Houston Rockets sign veteran center Tyson Chandler

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HOUSTON — Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced Thursday that the team has signed free agent center Tyson Chandler.

Chandler (7-1, 240) was originally the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. In 1,134 career games with 881 starts, he has averaged 8.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.17 blocks. Chandler has the third-highest field goal percentage (.596) in NBA history among qualifiers.

The 18-year veteran began last season with Phoenix before signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in early November. Chandler averaged 12.6 rebounds per 36 minutes played in 2018-19. Dating back to 2015-16, he joins Enes Kanter as the only players with more than six games played to have averaged at least 8.0 rebounds in fewer than 24.0 minutes per game. Chandler has the third-most rebounds among active players and is averaging 3.1 offensive boards for his career.

Chandler was NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12 and has been named All-Defensive Team three times (First Team once, Second Team twice). He was an All-Star in 2012-13 and earned All-NBA Third Team honors in 2011-12. Chandler was the starting center for Dallas during its championship season in 2010-11 and won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA in 2012 playing alongside James Harden and Russell Westbrook with Mike D’Antoni serving as an assistant coach.

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Toronto Raptors sign forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hollis-Jefferson, 6-foot-7, 217 pounds, averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 20.9 minutes in 59 games (21 starts) with Brooklyn last season. He reached double-digit scoring in 24 games and posted four double-doubles. Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 points Nov. 4 vs. Philadelphia and collected a season-best 15 rebounds Dec. 26 vs. Charlotte.

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Hollis-Jefferson is averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 23.6 minutes in 234 career games (147 starts) with the Nets (2015-19). He was picked 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2015 NBA Draft and traded to Brooklyn on draft night. 

Hollis-Jefferson played two seasons at Arizona (2013-15), helping the Wildcats to consecutive Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 27.0 minutes in 76 career contests (31 starts). As a sophomore, Hollis-Jefferson was named First Team All-Pac-12 and selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team.

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Clippers re-sign Green | NBA.com

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The L.A. Clippers have re-signed free agent forward JaMychal Green, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Green, 29, averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and shot a career-high 41.3% from 3-point range during 24 games with the Clippers last season. Originally acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 7, the 6’9” forward averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot 52.2% from three-point range during six playoff games last season. The Montgomery, Alabama native has appeared in 299 career games with averages of 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. 

Green spent two seasons in the G-League and was named a G-League All-Star in 2015. Undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Alabama, Green spent three seasons with the Crimson Tide and was named First-Team All-SEC in 2011 and Second-Team All-SEC in 2012. A former 2008 McDonald’s All-American out of St. Jude High School, Green led his high school to the Class A State Championship in 2006 and 2008.

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