The Lakeland Magic completed their unlikely playoff run to win the NBA G League championship with a 97-78 blowout over the Delaware Blue Coats on Thursday, March 11 (Friday, March 12, Manila time) in the Lake Buena Vista, Florida bubble.
G League veteran guard Devin Cannady won Finals MVP honors after dropping a game-high 22 points with 4-of-9 triples, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists to cap off an unpredictable knockout postseason format.
It was a fitting end for the unheralded 24-year-old after averaging just 11.7 points, 2.8 boards, and 2.7 dimes on a team that boasted a well-rounded offensive scheme.
Despite the sound beatdown they experienced in the last game of the season, Delaware barged into the finals with a 127-100 rout of the first-seeded Raptors 905, the team that ended the dreams of upstart Jalen Green and the G League Ignite in the first round.
However, the Blue Coats simply ran into a more prepared Magic squad that led by as many as 25, 75-50, in the final minute of the 3rd quarter.
After clinching only the 6th seed at the end of the regular season, Lakeland went on a magical run through the playoffs that started with a 139-110 whipping of the Erie Bayhawks.
They then stunned heavy title favorite Santa Cruz Warriors featuring NBA champion Jeremy Lin with another convincing 108-96 win. Cannady had 14 points in that win that saw 6 Magic players score in double-digits.
The G League will resume action with a new season tentatively set near the end of 2021, which will feature the debut of Capitanes de Ciudad de Mexico, the league’s second non-US team after the Canada-based Raptors. – Rappler.com