Friday, February 8th at 7:00 PM EST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Preview: IND vs TOR
Scott Agness | February 5, 2013
Indiana's long and exhausting week, featuring four games in five days, comes to an end Friday night when they host the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Pacers have won 15 straight. The Raptors, meanwhile, have dropped five of their past six games.
The Raptors acquired swingman Rudy Gay just over a week ago in a deal that sent Jose Calderon, Ed Davis and a draft pick to Memphis. Being defended by Paul George won't be a pleasant sight to Gay, who shot 3-of-17 and 7-of-22 in his two games this season against the Pacers. In his first three games with the Raptors, he’s scored 20, 29 and 25 points.
The Raptors (17-32), who are last in the Atlantic Division, were without 7-foot center Andrea Bargnani for 26 games after he tore a ligament in his elbow back on Dec. 10. He returned on Wednesday in their 99-95 loss at Boston. DeMar DeRozan shoots 44 percent from the floor, averages about 18 points per game and is the only Raptor player to start every game this season. Guard Kyle Lowry didn't play in their last meeting due to an injury, but last time he faced the Pacers, he finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
These teams have squared off already twice this season, with each team winning on the other’s home court. George Hill helped the Pacers take their season-opener in Toronto with a dramatic tear-drop as time expired. Then, in their last meeting in early November, the Pacers lost by two and were held to a season-low 72 points despite holding Toronto to only five points in the final quarter.
Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee)
Raptors: Linas Kleiza (out, right knee), Landry Fields (day-to-day, acute back spasms)
- The Pacers have won three of the last four meetings.
- Raptors assistant Johnny Davis played for the Pacers from 1978-1982.
- Toronto has been outscored in the fourth quarter of five of their last six games, giving up an average of 28 points.
- Averaging almost 23 fouls per game, the Raptors are the top fouling team in the league.
In their last clash, back on Nov. 13, the Pacers fell at home 74-72. Even without starters Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields, and coming off a triple-overtime contest the night before, the Raptors beat the Pacers on their home floor, despite scoring only five points in the fourth quarter. No doubt, it was a bad, bad loss for the Pacers, and it is their only home loss this season to an Eastern Conference team.
The Pacers had their second-worst night this season shooting the ball, connecting on just 24 of 75 (32 percent) attempts. George Hill scored led all scorers with 18 points and Paul George added 12. Raptors guard Jose Calderon recorded his first-career triple-double – 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points in over 40 minutes of play.
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TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (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)