BEAT THE BARNEYS
Game Time Start: 7:00 PM EST
Where: The Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: B. Salvatore, L. Wood, H. Workman
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Toronto Notes
Television: FSI / TSN
Radio: WFNI 1070 AM / Sportsnet 590 The FAN
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Season Records: (W-L) 31-19 Home: 20-3
17-32 Away: 5-19
Upcoming Games: Feb 11 Feb 13 Feb 20 Feb 22 vs vs vs vs 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm
Projected Starting Lineup: HIBBERT WEST GEORGE STEPHENSON HILL Projected Starting Lineup: GRAY JOHNSON GAY DEROZAN LOWRY
Danny Granger - left knee tendinosis (out)
Landry Fields - Acute back spasms (out)
Linas Kleiza - sore right knee (out)
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Raptors Republic: Gameday: Raptors @ Pacers, Feb. 8
The Raptors are off to Pawnee to take on Roy Hibbert, Leslie Knope and the Indiana
Pacers. The Pacers are a very hot team, having railed off five straight victories over
some decent Eastern Conference competition. The Pacers are big, play slow and grind
out the game at the defensive end, which will be an interesting match-up for the
Raptors. The Raps, of course, have played three straight games against teams that
play faster (going 1-2), two of which also play small (0-2). So it will be a fresh look
to evaluate Rudy Gay against, anyway.
To help us out with the analysis, Jared Wade of 8 Points 9 Seconds, the True Hoop
Network Pacers blog, was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
The Pacers have gotten red-hot, going 21-8 after a 10-11 start. What’s changed
for the team since early December?
The most obvious change has been Paul George turning into one of the best players
in the NBA. He has been a high-level defender since he entered the league and could
always contribute in various ways on offense, but he was really shaky early in the
season. But since December 3, he has averaged 19.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.2 apt and 2.1
spg while shooting 44.2% from the floor and 39.7% from behind the arc.
Frank Vogel has also settled into its rotations and it has led to a beastly starting
lineup. In November, Sam Young and Gerald Green often got starts and crunch-time
minutes over Lance Stephenson. But Stephenson has been a prominent member of
all the team’s best lineups and the now-entrenched starting unit has been one of the
best in the league. Even individually, Lance has been having some big games of late
and, still, catching teams off guard with burst of points and dimes in short stretches.
Roy Hibbert has been disappointing this season, at least on the offensive end.
What’s behind Hibbert’s struggles this year?
It’s a mystery. Tim Donahue did a big analysis on Hibbert’s shot location and shot
type right before the new year, and he’s just missing a ton of shots that he has
always hit at a decent rate throughout his career. One hope is that he is still
struggling through a wrist injury, but it clearly goes deeper than that. He just is
inactive, passive and unable to exert any force down low in some games.
Have you ever been to Pawnee? Is it as wonderful as it seems? How do you
get there from Indianapolis?
I have not. I’m not sure. I actually live in New York and am currently ducking
snowflakes. It seems like a wonderful place, however, and any town that holds
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