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Middling Lakeland completes perfect playoffs for NBA G League title

JR Isaga
Middling Lakeland completes perfect playoffs for NBA G League title

MAGICAL RUN. The Lakeland Magic hoist the championship trophy after defeating the Delaware Blue Coats in the NBA G League final.

Photo by Mary Holt/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

After finishing 6th in the regular season, the Lakeland Magic stunned Jeremy Lin and the Warriors in the semis before blowing out the Blue Coats in the finale

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. –