Game 78: Raptors vs. Pacers – Pre-game

The Pacers can score. The Raptors can’t play D. It sounds like a match made in heaven for Indiana, but the caveat comes in that the Pacers can’t play D either, so there is a pretty good chance things could just end up in an old fashioned shootout.

The thing is, this is the kind of game where if you are a player who doesn’t get many minutes, but are trying to make an impression on the coach and management, you could easily get sucked into forcing some shots. For players like Douby and Pops (sounds like a 70s sitcom, doesn’t it? Actually, to tell you the truth, it’s a sitcom that developed in 2009…and it ain’t funny), they are going to have to play within themselves, but also play with that edge that shows that they want it. It’s a fine line that they have to walk. They don’t want to get greedy and try to do everything, but at the same time, they have to show that they are hungry; that they want to win and will do whatever it takes to win.

The Raptors need to win the majority of their remaining games if they are going to have anything positive to take into the offseason. There’s nothing worse than getting whupped down the stretch and then having to think about not only that, but the whole season over the summer…that is, assuming that any of the players care about anything basketball related in the summer.

3 in the Key

1. The Raptors are going to have to hustle a bit more to get to 3-pointers. Far too many times lately, we have seen Raptors opponents taking wide open 3’s and at critical moments too.

2. The Raptors need to find an identity, especially against teams like the Pacers. The Pacers are a good team, but the Raptors are going to have to figure out how they want to attack different teams depending on who they are playing and where they are at in game.

3. Can we please limit the amount of open looks guys are getting? It is starting to get a little out of control.

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