Friday, November 8th, 2013 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: Pacers vs Raptors
Pacers.com Staff | November 7, 2013
The Pacers host the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday night. Indiana, the NBA's last unbeaten team, is out its extend their season-opening winning streak to six games.
The Pacers and Raptors split their four-game season series last year, with the road team winning each meeting. Toronto's two wins at Bankers Life Fieldhouse were memorable. In November, the Raptors managed to escape with a 74-72 win despite scoring just five points in the fourth quarter. In February, Rudy Gay rallied the Raptors to a 100-98 overtime victory, snapping Indiana's 15-game home winning streak.
This year's Raptors are off to an uneven start with a 2-3 record. Gay (16.8 points per game) and DeMar DeRozan (19.2) lead the Toronto attack. The Raptors also feature two members of last year's Pacers. Tyler Hansbrough is averaging seven points and four rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game. D.J. Augustin is averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 assists in just under 12 minutes.
For the Pacers, George Hill's status remains in question. Indiana's starting point guard has missed three straight games with a sore left hip. C.J. Watson has filled in admirably in his place, averaging 11 points, five assists, and only one turnover in three starts.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, strained left calf), George Hill (day-to-day, sore left hip)
"They played us well twice here last year. We got them twice there. They have confidence in the matchup and that just happens throughout the course of the season. Everybody has a team that gives you a little more trouble than you would think. They definitely play us well so our antennas are up." - Frank Vogel on the Raptors
"We got to rebound the ball. It seems like every team we play is in the top five of offensive rebounding so far this year. We're doing a pretty good job of keeping teams off the glass. ... These guys have elite scorers with [DeMar] DeRozan and [Rudy] Gay, but also Quintin Ross can go and Kyle Lowry. Their perimeter guys can really score the basketball." - Frank Vogel on the critical points tonight
"I think we have something special. Like we said today [at shootaround], we can't get comfortable. We got to still play with that chip on our shoulder because no one expects us to be this good. Everybody in this locker room has to expect it our self and that's all that matters." - George Hill
- Indiana leads the overall series with the Raptors 42-25, including a 24-9 record at home.
- Toronto has used the same starting lineup in each if its first five games. Last season the Raptors used 22 different starting lineups and lost 163 games due to injury or illness.
- The Pacers started the season 5-0 for the first time as an NBA franchise, and the first time overall since the 1971-72 season, when they went on to capture the ABA championship.
- C.J. Watson is 14 assists away from reaching the 1,000 career-assist mark.
March 1: Paul George and David West both recorded double-doubles in the Pacers' 93-81 victory at the Air Canada Centre. It was Indiana's sixth win in seven games. George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while West added 15 points and 11 boards. Roy Hibbert added 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
Gay was the only Raptors starter in double figures with 21 points. Toronto got 40 points off the bench, led by 14 from Alan Anderson.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: FM 107.5 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)
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