Pacers vs Raptors

Shootaround: PG on Guarding DeRozan, Winning on the Road

April 18, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George discusses the challenge of guarding Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and what it takes to win on the road in the playoffs.

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Shootaround: PG on Guarding DeRozan, Winning on the Road

April 18, 2016 - Pacers forward Paul George discusses the challenge of guarding Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and what it takes to win on the road in the playoffs.
Apr 18, 2016  |  02:40

Shootaround: Vogel Prepares For Game 2

April 18, 2016 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talks about his final preparations before Game 2 in Toronto on Monday night.
Apr 18, 2016  |  02:15

Shootaround: Solomon Hill on Excitement for Game 2

April 18, 2016 - Pacers forward Solomon Hill talked about how he stayed ready for perform all season long, and his initial nerves during Game 1 versus the Raptors.
Apr 18, 2016  |  02:34

GR3 TV: Robinson III Asks The Tough Questions To Solomon Hill

April 18, 2016 - After shootaround, Glenn Robinson III played the role of media member, peppering Solomon Hill with questions ranging from his on-court performance, to his hair styles.
Apr 18, 2016  |  00:46

Shootaround: DeRozan on Raptors' Mentality

April 18, 2016 - Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan talked about how the team has responded since dropping Game 1 of their series with the Pacers, and their mindset and approach to Game 2.
Apr 18, 2016  |  02:01

Shootaround: Scola on Fan Reaction to Game 1 Loss

April 18, 2016 - Raptors forward Luis Scola discusses the reaction in Toronto to the Raptors dropping Game 1 to the Pacers and their mentality heading into Game 2.
Apr 18, 2016  |  01:25

Practice: Myles Turner on George's Performance, Playing in First Career Playoff Game

April 16, 2016 - Following Sunday's practice at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Myles Turner discussed the spectacular play of Paul George, overcoming some nervousness early in Game 1, and getting a confidence boost from his performance in first postseason appearance.
Apr 17, 2016  |  01:29

Practice: Coach Vogel on Myles Turner; Game 2

April 17, 2016 - Before practice on Sunday, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the challenges that Game 2 presents, and the performance of rookie Myles Turner in his first ever playoff game.
Apr 17, 2016  |  06:36

Practice: PG on Finding Success vs Toronto

April 17, 2016 - Paul George talked before practice on Sunday about his impressive performance in Game 1, the success rookie Myles Turner had in his first playoff game, and the team's mentality headed in to Game 2 on Monday night.
Apr 17, 2016  |  03:27

Game Preview: Pacers at Raptors (Game 2)

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET at the Air Canada Centre
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Matchup

The Pacers have had enough close games this season.

Perhaps that's why on Saturday, against the second-seeded Toronto Raptors, the Pacers pieced together a powerful 13-2 run in the final five minutes to shock the Raptors on their home court, winning 100-90 and firing the first shot in what could become one of the more intriguing series in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana showed it has the defensive tools to stymie Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who are integral to Toronto's offensive success. The pair combined to go just 8-of-32 from the field on Saturday afternoon, shut down by the defensive effort of George Hill, Paul George, and several other swarming Pacers.

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The main worry for the Pacers headed into Game 2 is how they can regain control of the glass. Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas set a Raptors franchise record with 19 boards, and Toronto outrebounded Indiana 52-38.

Although Indiana was outdone on the glass by just one rebound in the second half, giving the Raptors extra possessions will damage the Pacers' chances of sweeping their first two road games of the 2016 Playoffs.

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The biggest take away from Game 1, however, was the play of Paul George, who thrust himself into the Pacers' record books with a 33-point, 6-assist performance, playing the role of closer for the Pacers.

George was just the third Pacers player to score 30 or more points and have five or more assists in a Playoff win, joining Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller.

STORY: George's Star Shines Bright »

If PG can carry his hot streak over to Game 2, while the Pacers continue to slow down Toronto's All-Star duo, Indiana certainly has a shot at taking both road games to start the series.

However, as many teams have learned about the second-seeded Raptors — who have won the season series against every Eastern Conference team in this postseason — they aren't a team that gets put away easily.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Lavoy Allen, C - Ian Mahinmi
Raptors: PG - Kyle Lowry, SG - DeMar DeRozan, SF - Norman Powell, PF - Luis Scola, C - Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report

Pacers: None

Raptors: None

Last Meeting

April 16, 2016: On Saturday afternoon, Indiana kicked off the 2016 NBA Playoffs with a bang, recording a 100-90 win over the second-seeded Raptors.

Paul George was spectacular in the winning effort, scoring 27 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and passing out six assists as Indiana used a 13-2 run late in the fourth to put the Raptors away on their home floor.

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The two most dangerous players on Toronto, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, each recorded subpar games, going a combined 8-of-32 from the field.

Although the Pacers didn't achieve their stated goal of keeping the Raptors off the free throw line (Toronto had 38 attempts), Indiana was still able to overcome a second-half deficit and pull away in a big way late in the game.

While George stole the show with his 33-point night, Lavoy Allen and C.J. Miles each chipped in seven rebounds, and Solomon Hill hit on all 10 of his free throw attempts to help secure the #PacersWin.

Noteworthy

  • Myles Turner recorded five blocks in Game 1 of the series
  • Every Toronto starter had a negative plus-minus in Game 1
  • Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas set a Raptors franchise record with 19 rebounds in Game 1
  • The Pacers hit on 11-of-21 3-point shots, while the Raptors hit on just 4-of-19

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: Fox Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
NBA TV - Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Grant Hill (analyst), Kevin Ray (sideline reporter)
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers will host the Raptors on Thursday, April 21 and Saturday, April 23. Find out how to get playoff tickets at Pacers.com/Playoffs »

Away Game Night Special

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