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NBA Playoffs 2019: Former NBA player Damon Jones picks Orlando Magic over Toronto Raptors in first round

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The NBA Playoffs are here and with two days of no NBA action, what better time to get your hot takes off?

On ESPN's "Get Up!" on Friday morning, former NBA player and former assistant coach Damon Jones selected the Orlando Magic to defeat the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

"I like the way (the Magic) are playing defense and they're shooting the 3-ball exceptionally well," Jones stated.

"I like Steve Clifford as a coach in this series ... Aaron Gordon is shooting extremely well ... I like the pick-and-roll with D.J. Augustin and (Nikola) Vucevic, he's picking-and-rolling, he's picking-and-popping, and I like Orlando in this series."

MORE: Raptors-Magic series preview

Jones has somewhat of a case, as the Magic played the Raptors tough in the regular season. They split the series 2-2 and gave Toronto their worst loss of the season when they defeated them by 29 points back in December.

Will they be able to keep that same level of energy and competitiveness in the playoffs? Only time will tell.

Jones had 11 seasons in the NBA as a player, playing for 10 different teams. Most notably, he played three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was a part of the 2006-07 team that was swept in the 2007 NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

In 2014, Jones joined the Cavaliers coaching staff as a shooting consultant, working with both the NBA team and the at-the-time D-League Canton Charge.

He served as an assistant coach for the Charge for one season before being signed to Tyronn Lue's staff as an assistant coach of the Cavs for the 2016 playoffs, when Cleveland defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

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