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    Default Final: Toronto Raptors 101 - Indiana Pacers 105



    Toronto Raptors @ Indiana Pacers

    19-19, 2nd Atlantic, (Road: 7-13) -- 11-25, 5th Central, (Home: 8-9)

    WHEN: Mon., Jan. 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm ET
    WHERE: Conseco Fieldhouse
    TV/Radio: TSN, TSN HD, FAN590 Radio



    TORONTO RAPTORS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Jack, DeRozan, Turkoglu, Bosh, Bargnani

    Bench

    (L to R): Belinelli, Weems, Calderon, Johnson, Nestrovic, Wright, O'Bryant

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Banks, Evans

    INDIANA PACERS
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    Starters

    (L to R): Watson, Head, Granger, Murphy, Hibbert

    Bench

    (L to R): Price, S. Jones, Rush, D. Jones, Diener, Dunleavy, McRoberts

    Team Injuries/Inactive List

    (L to R): Ford, Foster, Hansbrough

    Who's Hot

    TORONTO RAPTORS


    Bargnani: 21.3 ppg in last 3 gp / Bosh: 26.3 ppg in last 6 gp

    INDIANA PACERS


    Price: 13.3 ppg in last 3 gp / Murphy: 18 ppg in last 2 gp

    Key Match-ups


    Roy Hibbert vs. Andrea Bargnani


    Troy Murphy vs. Chris Bosh

    GAME PREVIEWS


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    Prediction

    - 103
    - 93

    This prediction worked last time for me with respect to the Pacers, so why fix it?

    Anyhow, this game is a crap shoot. No one knows which Pacers team will show up. They'll battled through so many line-up changes due to injuries and certain underacheiving players (see Ford) that its too hard to predict.

    Considering the sloppy basketball we've played in the last 2 games with turnovers (see Bosh) if we don't smarten up tonight, then a loss to the lowly Pacers is most definitely within reach for them.

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    Ooohh, this could be a dangerous one if the Dinos don't bring their "A" game. The Raps are on the 2nd of a back to back and tend to come out flat against teams well below them (see Friday's game against Philly).

    The Pacers have gotten back a couple of their injured players recently, Murphy and Granger-who always seems to play very well against the Raps. Even without those two the Pacers managed to beat the Magic last week. Hibbert schooled D12 in that game. IMO Bargs matches up pretty good with Hibbert, but still, watch for Hibbert to have a good game. If the Raps can contain Granger (Turk better show up today!), and don't get crushed on the boards than the dinos should take this one.

    My gut is telling me tha Raps will not have it tonight after falling to Boston. Hopefully they prove me wrong. Still, I will predict a Raps win (don't wanna jinx 'em)

    Raps 107

    Pacers 99

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    We are gonna get beatdown
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    Expect a beatdown. Which will sting because Im already having a really bad day. Expect sloppy baseline rotations and weak contests. This is a back to back and lets be honest, these guys are not mentally tough. Well, with the exception of 2 guys.

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    Well we will continue to get beaten by the perimeter. Murphy is going to kill us and Granger will hurt too. It'll be interesting to see what Price does.

    I think we will pull it out its going to be close.
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    Quote scoutingbball wrote: View Post
    Well we will continue to get beaten by the perimeter. Murphy is going to kill us and Granger will hurt too. It'll be interesting to see what Price does.

    I think we will pull it out its going to be close.
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    Those two have a history of being Dino killers. Let's see how Triano and Co. decide to handle them.

    BTW welcome to RRF scoutingbball
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    Bargnani needs to be kept away from big men who can play away from the rim.

    He's done a very good job on the backboards though.

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    I'm really liking Hansbrough's game. He's a much better rebounder than I expected him to be. Nice defense. Solid offense. Needs to improve his FG% but that'll come with time. I love how he creates his shot attempts, hustle plays, cuts, offensive rebounds, running the floor. Effort plays. Gets to the FT line at a fierce rate. Great mentality, aggressive, fearless, tough. Loves to play physical basketball.

    Very nice player. Indiana needs to give him more minutes. He's someone that can help them.
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    We can't let this game slip away. This is a must win. Triano has to start shortening the rotations because Bosh and Bargnani are gassed right now.

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    Oh man, that was an ugly air ball from AJ Price.

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    Amir + Bargnani have done a good job of making a wall around the paint. Made themselves big and long. Made it difficult for Indiana.

    The perimeter players aren't rotating out to the shooters well enough though.

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    The ultimate breakdown. This team has no energy right now. Absolutely awful and ugly right now. Turnover city.

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    This is where great teams dig deep to pull out the win. Can we be considered "great" yet?

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    Is that Bargnani out there or Rick Mahorn tonight? Nice work on the glass big boy.

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    The Raptors have had a good run late in games recently. They're due for a few setbacks.

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    Interesting lineup for Indiana -- Murphy + Granger + Dunleavy + Price + Watson

    Is Danny Granger a better defender at that PF position than at SF? He's had a couple of impressive showings defensively at the four this year in the few games I've seen Indiana play.

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    What have you done for us lately Hedo Turkoglu outside of maxing out our salary cap? I wish we had a warranty on him because I want our money back.

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    Very good job by Chris Bosh defending Granger out on the perimeter

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    Oh, what a crossover by Bosh on the baseline to beat the point guard off the bounce!

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    How many Raptors fans are walking towards bridges or building ledges right now? The reaction if we lose this could get ugly tonight.

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