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Magic’s Steve Clifford, Aaron Gordon expect ‘great’ atmosphere when they take playoffs at home

Magic, Steve Clifford, Aaron Gordon

It has not been often that the Orlando Magic reach the postseason as of late while the Eastern Conference franchise appears to be taking full advantage of reaching the playoffs in 2018-19. Despite the fact that the Magic were forced to match up against the surging Toronto Raptors in the opening round, Orlando infamously stole Game 1 on the road north of the border.

As a result, the Magic will head back to Orlando for Game 3 with at least a little bit of momentum — even with the Raptors well on their way to evening the series in Game 2.

“I think it will be great; I think it will be like it was in the old days and our fans will be great,”’ Magic head coach Steve Clifford recently told NBA.com. “We always had a huge advantage when we played at home back then. I haven’t had time [to think much about it], but I think it will be great.”

Clifford isn’t the only one excited to head back home to Orlando, though.

“Oh man, Amway’s going to be rocking from the jump to the buzzer,” Magic power forward Aaron Gordon added, via NBA.com. “It’s been seven years or something [since Orlando’s last playoff game], so it’s going to be crazy. [Magic fans] really did a good job of giving us that energy and that sense of urgency, understanding when it’s a big moment. We felt that and we capitalized.”

The 42-40 Magic finished the 2018-19 regular season in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.