Game Preview: #12 Pacers

 

 

 

Andrea Bargnani’s hot start came to a halt on Wednesday night. Bargs looked gassed from the opening tip of the game in the Raptors final contest in a three games in three days run, looking like he didn’t have his legs on all of his jumpers and eventually going out of the game at the end of the third quarter with what was reported as a strained calf muscle.

It is not known for sure if Bargnani will miss any more games, but his offensive contribution is definitely going to be missed tonight as the Raptors host the Pacers to kick off a tough three game stretch that also includes Chicago and Atlanta. Expect the Raptors offensive woes to get further exasperated without the league’s eighth highest scorer.

Part of the Raptors offensive woes have been caused by DeMar DeRozan’s sluggish start. DeMar is scoring a mediocre 8 points a game while shooting 30 percent, significantly down from his breakout season last year where he scored 14 and shot 40 percent respectively. If the Raptors offense is going to improve any time soon DeMar will need to fill his role as secondary scorer soon.

Pacers star Danny Granger is also looking to improve after a slow shooting start. Granger is shooting 33.6% this season, but isn’t too worried about it saying, “I never shoot good at the beginning of the season.” In what may be the most classic poor shooting excuse in NBA history. If the Raptors want to beat the Pacers they will need to ensure that Granger’s poor shooting continues.

Notes

Pacers

George Hill, Danny Granger, Tyler Hansbrough, and Roy Hibbert are all listed as day to day on the Pacers injury report, but there is no word on if they will miss tonight’s game. Hibbert was selected by the Raptors for the Pacers, fun fact of the day.

Raptors

Linas Klezia made his debut from knee surgery Wednesday and looked healthy coming off the bench, even scoring a highlight reel layup in the second quarter. Klezia should provide much needed depth in the second unit and at the small forward position. Leandro Barbosa has averaged 16.3 points off the bench in the last three games, including 24 on Wednesday against the Kings. Aaron Grey is still out recovering from a minor heart operation

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