Game Preview: Pacers vs. Raptors
Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs TOR
by Scott Agness
The Raptors will want revenge when they come to Indy to face the Pacers on Tuesday. It will be the first time the Pacers face a team in the regular season for the second time.
You remember last time: The Pacers opened the season without Danny Granger who, at the time, was out indefinitely. Indiana trailed by 13 with less than six minutes remaining, but mounted a furious comeback and got win No. 1 over the border thanks to a buzzer-beater by George Hill.
So far, the Raptors haven’t started the season in a way they would have liked. Their schedule isn’t doing them any favors, either. Toronto is getting many early tests against probable playoff teams—at Oklahoma City and Dallas and back home against Philadelphia and Utah.
First-year Raptor Kyle Lowry leads the team in scoring (18.3 points per game) and assists (6.3). He injured his ankle last Tuesday against Oklahoma City, though, and Jose Calderon has started in his spot. Lowry, along with Landry Fields and Alan Anderson will not play Monday against Utah.
The Raptors have had their share of problems, like fouling (second most in NBA), turnovers, and rebounding. Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are very active bigs and they’ll challenge the Pacers' frontcourt.
- C – Roy Hibbert
- F – David West
- F – Lance Stephenson
- G – Paul George
- G – George Hill
- C – Jonas Valanciunas
- F – Andrea Bargnani
- F – Dominic McGuire
- G – DeMar DeRozan
- G – Jose Calderon
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee injury)
Raptors: Kyle Lowry (day-to-day, right ankle), Landry Fields (doubtful, right hand/wrist), Alan Anderson (doubtful, left ankle)
"It’s just a familiarity with them. I think our guys playing against Orlando in the playoffs last year helps us play against a team like Toronto that has a spread four, like Bargnani, so we’ve been pretty sharp with how to guard that unique style of play." – Frank Vogel on playing the Raptors for a second time
"When you’re dealing with new guys, new rotation, new roles for everybody—both with the shifted bench and with Danny (Granger) being out—it does shrink your margin for error... that is why we've been in so many close games.” – Frank Vogel
"(Andrea) Bargnani is a perimeter player that shoots a lot of threes. We obviously got to guard the three-point line, guard against his drives. He's a young, big kid. It's more about what we have to do in terms of being able to maintain our ability to win here on the home floor.” – David West
- If you thought the Pacers’ early schedule was tough with 12 of 18 on the road, the Raptors play 15 of their first 22 away from Toronto.
- Nine of the Raptors' first 11 opponents were playoff teams last season.
- Raptors assistant coach Johnny Davis played for the Pacers from 1978-1982
- Raptors assistant coach Micah Nori attended Indiana University and was a four-year starter on the IU baseball team from 1993-1997.
The Pacers opened the regular season in Toronto on October 31st and came away with a 90-88 win thanks to a George Hill runner in the lane that beat the buzzer.
The Raptors took advantage of sloppy play by the Pacers (14 turnovers) and led by as many as 11. Five players scored in double figures, and Kyle Lowry played especially well in his first game as a Raptor. He finished with 21 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals.
David West scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to carry the Pacers to victory. At one point in fourth, he scored 10 straight. He also set a pick for George Hill on the final play that gave him some room to hit the game-winning shot. Paul George and Roy Hibbert each scored 14 points.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Kevin Lee (sideline reporter/host)