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Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011

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Post#1 Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:02 am by Kuq_e_Zi91

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6:00 pm EST at The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Pacers Probable Starters:
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Raptors Probable Starters:
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Game notes:
http://www.nba.com/games/20111228/INDTO ... 0021100023

The Pacers have lost five straight in Toronto.
The home team has won the last 11 times these teams have met.

Do you guys remember the last two meetings?


Indiana was angered that Raptors guard Leandro Barbosa tried to add to his season-high 29-point effort with a drive to the basket - instead of dribbling out the clock - with six seconds left.

Toronto argued that it was payback for Pacers point guard Darren Collison hitting a long 3-pointer as time expired in the Jan. 31 matchup.


DG on Barbosa after the game:
"If I was on him, I would have took (Barbosa's) head off and I would have been suspended for a game for a flagrant foul," said Granger, who led the Pacers with 19.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in the season series. "Stuff like that will sit in the back of your head the next time we play Toronto. We don't play them again but if I was on him, I would have taken his neck off."


Both teams enter the game with opening wins against unconvincing opponents.

The Raptors are coming off a road victory in Cleveland on Monday where seven players scored in double figures. Calderon had 15 points and 11 assists. Amir Johnson, starting at center, had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pacers had five players score in double figures in a home victory against the Pistons on Monday. Hansbrough (15 points, 13 rebounds), Hibbert (16 points, 14 rebounds), and West (11 points, 12 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles.

Keys to the Game:
[*] Smash-mouth basketball - We must continue our strong play inside and pound Amir Johnson and Andrea Bargnani in the post. Win the rebounding battle.
[*] Defense - The Raptors have some pure scorers in Barbosa, Bargnani, and Bayless. DeRozan is explosive as well. We held the Pistons to just 79 points on 36% FG shooting, and forced 16 turnovers. We'll need that defensive intensity again.
[*] Bench Play - Hansbrough was huge off the bench on Monday. We need Hill to find his niche, Lance to play well, and Jones not to shoot us out of this one if we want to match their strong play when Barbosa, Ed Davis and Bayless come in.

Injuries

Pacers:
Jeff Foster - Sore Lower Back (Didn't make the trip. Out.)
Jeff Pendergraph - Sprained Right Knee (Day-to-day)

Raptors:
Linas Kleiza - Right Knee Surgery (Out)
Aaron Gray - Rapid Heart Rate (Day-to-day)

Two to Watch:
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Two of the best dunkers in the game should give us plenty of highlights tonight.

And finally .... TRADITION!

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And one for our girl, Stacy Paetz. We miss you.

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Post#2 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:27 am by Benedict Arnold

Pacers in 4.
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Post#3 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:54 am by glasket

wow now that is a game thread and did I ever mention I love our Boards tradition!

Oh yeah go Pacers
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Post#4 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:19 am by Starkiller

God bless I love Danny. Hope to see some fireworks tonight, but not the Palace kind lol.
This ^
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Post#5 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:44 am by pill2post

Gotta win these games to take the teams' status to the next level. Stay hungry Pacers.
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Post#6 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:46 am by Reginald Wayne

Great thread!


Pacers need to not let up given their somewhat easy first 5 or 6 games. Losses to crappy teams won't cut it. I've got Pacers by 9.
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Post#7 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:44 pm by Pacersike

It is a lost cause.

Aaron Gray will play for them.
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Post#8 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:17 pm by HSOB SIRHC

Aaron Gray is inactive. You guys still have a chance!
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Post#9 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:19 pm by CelticPacer

Go Pacers!

Great thread.
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Post#10 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:58 pm by Boneman2

Very good job on the thread.

I hope West and Hansbrough set the tone in the 1st half by abusing Barngini and Davis. The Derozan/ George matchup figures to be a good one.

I hope Granger goes off and establishes himself as our go to player.

Pacers by 9.
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Post#11 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:45 pm by daschysta

We should win, but the key is controlling Calderon on the pick and roll, he looked like Nash in their opener, but our defense is much better than Cleveland's is.

We should have the huge advantage on the boards.

Derozan and George should be a fun matchup between two athletic high flyers. Shutting down DD will be a nice test for George.

Hopefully Granger goes off and backs up his words last time we played against Toronto when Barbosa tried to stat pad instead of running out the clock.

These are the kinds of games that good teams win 90 percent of the time, and the pacers need to win the favorable matchups to match the high expectations we all have for the team this year.

GO PACERS!!!!
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Post#12 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:38 pm by Pacersike

Calderon is going to make Collison look like a high school baller.

I hope Amundson is ready for some action.
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Post#13 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:59 pm by mirrornick

Good luck Pacers. Go raptors
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Post#14 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:17 pm by jnzook

are we gonna score? geeze...the shooting woes continue
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Deron Williams/Kyrie Irving/George Hill
Paul George/Jeremy Lamb
LeBron James/Danny Granger/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Dirk Nowitzki/David West
Roy Hibbert/DeMarcus Cousins
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Post#15 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:24 pm by jnzook

pickin it up now...really liking roys more aggresive post moves in the early season here...hes not being so pussy when he gets the ball down low...hes takin it to the rim much harder and making better moves
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Deron Williams/Kyrie Irving/George Hill
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LeBron James/Danny Granger/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Dirk Nowitzki/David West
Roy Hibbert/DeMarcus Cousins
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Post#16 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:25 pm by Kuq_e_Zi91

In the past, we would be down early if our offense was off like this. But this year, it seems like our defense can buy us some time until the offense starts clicking.

It might just be the Raptors missing shots, but other than that Bargnani drive to the hoop, we're doing a good job of rotating and challenging shots.
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Post#17 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:29 pm by jnzook

Paul George is soooooo smooth....He's feelin it early....and I agree w/ you Kuq...our defense looks so impressive early on
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Deron Williams/Kyrie Irving/George Hill
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Roy Hibbert/DeMarcus Cousins
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Post#18 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:30 pm by jowglenn

I tell you, if The Madness can start dropping those 3s like that regularly he's going to be awesome.
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Post#19 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:41 pm by Pacersike

Where the fascination for Collison comes from, I have no clue.
Worst starter but the only one that doesn't get substituted.

and lol at Magloire still playing :lol:
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Post#20 Re: Game 2: Pacers @ Raptors 12/28/2011
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:44 pm by Boneman2

DJones should be restricted from taking any shots.

Vogel's rotation is killing me. I'd have one of PG or DG in at all times. DJones should be a situational defender and not part of the rotation.
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