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    Default 11/13/2012 Game Thread #8: Pacers Vs. Raptors



    Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
    Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
    Officials: B. Salvatore, K. Cutler, P. Fraher

    Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Toronto Notes
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    Season Records: (W-L)
    Home: 2-0
    East: 2-2
    Away: 0-3
    East: 0-3
    Upcoming Games:
    Nov 14
    Nov 16
    Nov 18
    Nov 19

    Projected Starting Lineup:
    Projected Starting Lineup:

    Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)

    Alan Anderson - left sprained foot (out)
    Landry Fields - right hand/wrist injury (out)
    Kyle Lowry - right sprained ankle (out)

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    Eight Points, Nine Seconds Review:
    Tim Donahue: Danny Granger Made His Teammates Better

    Consider the following chart:

    The picture represents the 2011-12 +/- per 48 minutes for each of nine key rotation
    players for the Pacers on that squad. The blue bar is for when they were playing
    with Danny Granger, the red is when the Captain was on the bench. Without Danny,
    every single player’s +/- dropped, and the overall average was 11.4 points per 48

    Of course, that speaks as much about unit performance, as it does individual. It
    makes sense that the team performance would drop when one of its two or three
    most accomplished players was not on the floor. More evidence of Granger’s
    positive impact on last year’s team can be seen in the Pacers shooting performance.

    The Pacers shot a higher percentage in 11 of the 14 shooting zones on this chart
    with Danny on the floor. Overall, the team’s eFG% dropped from 49.0% to 44.5%
    when Granger went to the bench last year. And this wasn’t just Danny being an
    above average shooter.

    Over the first half of last season, Danny Granger suffered mightily from the floor,
    posting an eFG% of only 44.3%. Still the Pacers shot better in 10 of the 14 zones,
    their eFG% was 4.4% lower – 43.5% vs. 47.9% – with Granger on the bench. Again,
    this is team performance, and not inconsistent with the overall squad talent declining
    with anyone replacing Granger.

    However, there’s actually some evidence that the individual performance of most of
    the players was improved by...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s

    Raptors Republic Preview:
    Gameday: Raptors @ Pacers Nov. 13

    It’s going to be a relatively quick pre-game today since we’re on a back-to-back and,
    well, we’re all probably a little exhausted from last night’s triple overtime loss.

    As it is, the team travelled late to Indiana and will play the Pacers, who defeated the
    Raptors on opening night, 90-88. As I mentioned in my post-game, that was a loss
    under better circumstances, with Lowry healthy, able-bodied wing players in the
    lineup, and with the benefit of rest and a lively home crowd. Instead, the team will
    be without Lowry, Fields and Anderson once again, tired from a travel night and a
    triple overtime game that saw Jose Calderon log 50 minutes and DeMar DeRozan
    log 60.

    By the way, before I jump into the breakdown I should note that as per the latest
    news I have, Lowry did NOT travel with the team, but he tweeted, “Indy! This being
    injured is for the birds!” which could be taken as him having made the trip. Fields
    and Double-A are also not expected to play, as of the latest chatter on Twitter, but
    please comment if this news changes before tip-off.

    Tale of the Tape, 2011-12

    Offensive Rating:
    Toronto 103.9 (11th), Indiana 97.3 (26th)

    Defensive Rating:
    Indiana 99.5 (7th), Toronto 108.6 (27th)

    Toronto 92.3 (19th), Indiana 90.3 (27th)

    Toronto – turnovers (4th in TO%, 6th in Opponent TO%)
    Indiana – rebounding (5th in OReb%, 9th in DReb%)

    Toronto – fouling (30th in Oponnent FTA/FGA, 12th in FTA/FGA)
    Indiana – scoring (29th in eFG%)

    Positional Breakdown

    Point Guard – Advantage: Slightly Pacers
    Calderon played a great game last night, but I am not hopeful about how he’ll play a
    night after logging 50 minutes. Hopefully John Lucas broke his slump going three for
    six last night and hitting a huge three late, because he’ll be relied on to provide
    adequate back-up minutes. For the Pacers, Hill is seriously overpaid but has been
    scoring at a steady clip so far this season now that he’s “the guy.” Augustin has been
    terrible adjusting to his new squad, shooting just 18%. If Calderon can somehow look
    fresh, you might give the nod to the Raptors, but that seems unlikely.

    Wings – Advantage: Wash
    With Danny Granger out, the Pacers have been struggling on the wings and have
    resorted to rotating the starter beside George. While none have stood out, George
    is a personal favorite who is oozing with potential and has already learned how to
    contribute in other ways when the shots aren’t dropping. DeRozan has been at his
    best of late, save for his shot selection late last night, but coming off of a 60-min
    outing he could be tired/exhausted/zombified. Neither of the benches inspire much
    confidence, so we call it a wash.

    Bigs – Advantage: Pacers
    West took it to Bargnani badly in the second half of the opener, and you can probably
    expect more of the same tonight. Hibbert has been struggling significantly to lead “his”
    team, but against Valanciunas...CONTINUE READING AT RAPTORS REPUBLIC

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