The Toronto Raptors were bested in overtime by a physical Indiana Pacers side. What did we take away from the game?
One night removed from the greatest comeback in Toronto Raptors history, Nick Nurse’s band of merry men were on the road to Indianapolis to take on one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference – metaphorically and literally. This Pacers team is a tough and physical group, and that much was evident throughout a tough 53 minutes of action that included overtime.
As advertised, the Raptors were still an incredibly undermanned unit, missing Norman Powell, Marc Gasol, and their talisman: Pascal Siakam. The Pacers would provide just as much of a stern test as the Dallas Mavericks did one night earlier, but even they were missing Malcolm Brogdon, a key part of their rotation since joining in free agency.
Where the Pacers would differ from the Mavericks, however, is that while they did fall foul to another Toronto Raptors comeback, they were able to take the game to overtime and prevail, winning 120-115 after regulation – something the Mavericks were unable to do the night before, shook to the core after the Raptors came back from a 30-point deficit.
The Pacers had the Raptors on the ropes during the first half, and their three-point shooting was proving to be the driving force behind the charge. The Raptors came back fighting in the third quarter though, and took the lead in the final stages before Kyle Lowry missed a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer. Alas, overtime was on the cards.
Overtime would prove to be the Raptors undoing, and the Pacers came away with a big home win after being blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks the previous night. A loss hurts, but the Raptors are still hanging around even with a shorthanded team.
What stood out during the game?