Toronto Raptors (15-15) 95
Indiana Pacers (25-6) 82
That was not the type of game I expected out of the Pacers heading up to Toronto after how sharp they looked. It feels like the losses are sticking out more than the wins, and tonight’s loss sticks out a bit more than the rest. This just felt flat around and frustration seemed to mount. That’s one thing you can’t have in a game, that frustration.
The Pacers have looked to be in control most of the way for this season, but tonight never felt that way. Hard to even find a bright spot in this game as you just look around and see the bad spots.
That second half, where the Pacers are usually dominant, was the opposite tonight. Only mustering 19 points in the third and fourth quarters was their undoing as the Raptors put up 29 points in the fourth. That’s where the Pacers are usually able to control a game or put it away. Tonight, once that lead got up to double figures for the Raptors, they never looked back.
One bright spot would be the fact that Danny Granger played that entire second quarter, and looked pretty sharp doing it. This was on the second night of a back to back, so you had to wonder where his body and game was with only playing in the sixth game of his season.
Roy Hibbert looked to be a bright spot, but he fouled out in this one, and couldn’t stay on the court long enough to make an impact. 16 points in 21 minutes of action is quite good for him, though. Just needed to stay out there so the Pacers could use him more in that post area.
Things just all fell flat in this one, and now it’s time to regroup for the Saturday affair with the New Orleans Pelicans. Maybe getting back home will help the Pacers get back to their game. They’ll see this Toronto team next week, and hopefully it’s a brighter game for the Blue and Gold.