Grades: Jurassic Park becomes real, Raptors beat Pacers


The Pacers played a fantastic game against the Raptors for 35 minutes. Unfortunately, the game is 48 minutes long.

The Indiana Pacers looked like they were going to win the basketball game they played in tonight, But then they didn’t. It was a tough loss, as the Pacers led most of the way but ultimately couldn’t get it done.

Final. 96. 100. 99. 81

Elephant in the room – the refs blew another call at the end of the game. And, like in the Cavs game last night, it could have changed the outcome of the game. With Indiana down three with a few seconds to go, OG Annunoby fouled Bojan Bogdanovic on a three-point attempt, but it went uncalled.

Ideally, you don’t let the game get to that point. But it was at that point, and the refs have to get that right. Two nights in a two the refs have missed a call that tangibly changed the game. Tough. Moving on.

The team’s offense completely died in the fourth quarter. McMillan stopped running plays, and the guys just isolated every possession. They only scored 11 points in the frame while Toronto scored 24. Ballgame.

Also, Kawhi Leonard is really good. 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while being a complete menace on defense the whole game is just insane. He’s insane. Moving on.

Take care of the ball

20 turnovers are unacceptable. The Raps only had 9. That is the difference right there. You have to take care of the ball, possessions matter.

Darren Collison had 5 of those and Victor Oladipo had 6. Those guys handle the ball a lot, but they coughed it up way too much. There needs to be more of a focus on keeping the ball in the Pacers hands, even against an elite defense like Toronto’s.

Bojan Bogdanovic continues to play fantastically

Bojan Bogdanovic has put up double-digit points in every game for over a month. This is who he is now. He is an impressive scorer with a refined arsenal of moves that allow him to get to the rim while also being one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.

There’s not an award for going from a pretty good player to a really good player, that isn’t the mold of the Most Improved Player award. But Bogey has gotten so much better this season, and he is such a threat on the offensive end of the floor.

Free throws. Make them.

This game makes two in a row where the Pacers have been under 70 percent shooting on free throws. You have to make them. That has to be better.


Indiana Pacers. DARREN COLLISON. D +. 0/3 from deep. 5 turnovers. Only 7 points. Not a good game for Darren Collison.. PG

C +. 20 points – good! 6 turnovers – atrocious! Vic had some head scratchers in this one but was solid enough holistically. He can be better, though. 6 TOs is a killer.. SG. Indiana Pacers. VICTOR OLADIPO

A -. Bojan had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and drew a crucial foul on the last possession*<p>*it was not called.</p>. SF. Indiana Pacers. BOJAN BOGDANOVIC

PF. Indiana Pacers. THADDEUS YOUNG. B. Thad was +6 thanks to some solid defense on Kawhi early in the game, but the Klaw became unguardable down the stretch. Young was good overall, though.

B +. Two turnovers in the fourth, but he made up for it with some stellar defensive plays. 5 fouls kept him from playing more and hurt his overall impact. But 10 points and 14 rebounds is a good game.. C. Indiana Pacers. MYLES TURNER

Indiana Pacers. DOMANTAS SABONIS. B. 12 points and 10 rebounds were good, but Sabonis’ defense was not. He looked like he was on a back-to-back on that end of the floor. Overall, adequate.. C

B. Like every Joseph game, he played good defense and was a ball of energy. He was useful in this game.. PG. Indiana Pacers. CORY JOSEPH

B. 8 points, 2/3 from deep. It’s what they signed him to do.. SF. Indiana Pacers. DOUG MCDERMOTT

D. Only 5 shot attempts allowed Reke to be not horrible, but he has not been good this season. It’s almost time to have a talk about his playing time…. SG. Indiana Pacers. TYREKE EVANS

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The Pacers travel to Brooklyn for their next game on Friday where they look to right the ship and get back on track.