Pacers vs Raptors

by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






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Matchup

Last Updated: March 17 at 12:15 PM

After dispatching the Boston Celtics 103-98 on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers continue their homestand against another beast of the East, the Toronto Raptors.

During the homestretch of Tuesday's win, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel decided to play his reserve bigs Lavoy Allen and Jordan Hill. The results paid off. Hill notched 10 points in the final frame, and Allen finished the night with a team-high +19 plus-minus.

Although things got tight in the fourth, the Pacers were in control for most of the game, winning the second and fourth quarters, and tying the opening period. Defense drove Indiana to the victory, as the Pacers held Boston to 38 percent shooting on the evening, and just 8-of-32 on 3-point looks.

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Conversely, the Pacers did just enough on offense, and particularly clicked when it counted most: the fourth quarter. Indiana shot 46 percent for the game, hit 5-of-11 3-pointers, and outscored Boston 32-28 in the final quarter. It would have been 32-25 had it not been for a Isiah Thomas 3-pointer in garbage time.

Now Indiana turns its eye to the next team on the Eastern Conference standings, the Raptors, who at 45-21 and holding a tiebreaker over the Cavs, have a legitimate shot to capture the top seed in the East.

The All-Star combination of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan has produced all year for the Raps, with the pair combining for 44 points per game. Lowry in particular, has established himself as one of the league's truly special point guards. He has averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game, while shooting a scorching 39 percent from beyond the arc.

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The Raptors have the looks of a truly dynamic playoff team, and if the season ended today, Indiana would be headed north of border to face Toronto in the opening round of the playoffs.

As the season winds down, every Pacers game feels more and more like a postseason battle. On Thursday, when the two teams meet, it might just be a sneak peak of an April matchup.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Myles Turner, C - Ian Mahinmi
Raptors: PG - Kyle Lowry, SG - DeMar Derozan, SF - James Johnson, PF - Luis Scola, C - Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

Pacers: Ty Lawson - questionable (sore left foot), Ian Mahinmi - doubtful (sore lower back)

Raptors: DeMarre Carroll - out (right knee surgery), Jonas Valanciunas - doubtful (left hand contusion)

Coors Cold Hard Fact

The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors have met 76 times in the regular season and the Pacers lead the Raptors in a season all-time record of 45 wins to 31 wins.

Last Meeting

December 14, 2015: Things looked bleak for the Pacers early on when Indiana trailed Toronto by 21 points in the first quarter, but the Pacers turned things around, beating the Raptors 106-90 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Toronto made 10 of its 12 shots from the field to kick off the game, but Rodney Stuckey responded with a jumper that marked the first two points of a 22-0 Pacers run.

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The Pacers cruised from there, with their reserves outscoring Toronto's bench 47-27, thanks to Jordan Hill's exceptional 20-point, 13-rebound performance.

The Raptors backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan each chipped in 20 points for Toronto in the loss.

Noteworthy

  • Toronto forward Luis Scola played two seasons with the Pacers
  • The Pacers and Raptors have split their season series 1-1 thus far
  • The Raptors are the second opponent in a three-game stretch that is top-3 in its conference (Celtics, Thunder)
  • Toronto allows the fourth-most rebounds in the NBA

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TV:FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play),Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

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Shootaround: Vogel on Mahinmi, Lawson, Raptors

March 17, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel provides injury updates for Ian Mahinmi and Ty Lawson and looks ahead to Thursday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

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Shootaround: Vogel on Mahinmi, Lawson, Raptors

March 17, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel provides injury updates for Ian Mahinmi and Ty Lawson and looks ahead to Thursday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.
Mar 17, 2016  |  01:37

Shootaround: Jordan Hill on Playing a Bigger Role

March 17, 2016 - With Ian Mahinmi listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors, Pacers forward Jordan Hill talked about needing to step up to fill in.
Mar 17, 2016  |  01:32

Practice: Paul George on Facing Toronto, Team's Health

March 16, 2016 - Following Wednesday's practice, Paul George discussed Fresno State's chances in the NCAA Tournament, the Pacers' upcoming matchups with the Toronto Raptors, and persevering through teammates' injuries.
Mar 16, 2016  |  04:19

Practice: Ty Lawson on Health, Getting Acclimated with Team

March 16, 2016 - After practice on Wednesday, Ty Lawson discussed his improving health, his observations of the reserve unit, and getting acclimated with his new teammates.
Mar 16, 2016  |  01:57

Practice: Vogel on Reducing Turnovers; Solo's Versatility

March 16, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the team taking better care of the ball, Solomon Hill's positional versatility, and ways that Myles Turner can impact the game.
Mar 16, 2016  |  02:37

Game Preview: Pacers vs Raptors

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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