FINAL: Toronto RAPTORS 79 • Indiana PACERS 86
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Old 01-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a feeling this game is going to get cancelled because of the weather.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/06/sp...&emc=rss&_r=2&

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N.B.A. Game of the Week: A Rising Team Faces a Top One
By JONAH BROMWICH
Published: January 6, 2014

Every week, The New York Times will choose one essential game to watch, highlighting hot teams, winning and losing streaks, and statistical intrigue in the N.B.A.

Toronto at Indiana, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Eastern

The Toronto Raptors appeared like one of the many N.B.A. teams that would look past this season and toward a highly anticipated draft class this summer. They traded Rudy Gay, their best scorer, to the Sacramento Kings as part of a seven-player deal Dec. 9. Since the trade, the Raptors are 9-4. They have beaten the Indiana Pacers and the Oklahoma City Thunder and recently ran off a five-game winning streak.

Trading Gay has allowed the Raptors to flourish on both sides of the ball. The team’s defense is allowing 4 fewer points per hundred possessions since Gay’s departure, while the offense is scoring nearly 105 points in the same amount of time. Sustaining that kind of offensive efficiency would make the Raptors’ attack one of the best in the league.

Looking more closely at the Raptors’ numbers shows just how mobile their offense has become. Their assist percentage since the trade is more than 60 percent, meaning that three-fifths of all Raptors baskets come directly after a pass. It is not shocking that losing Gay resulted in a more efficient offense — after all, Gay has been putting up almost 19 shots a game, while only shooting about 38 percent. That the Raptors have been able to construct a highly functional attack so quickly after losing Gay speaks to a nascent talent that few fans would have predicted. Raptors Coach Dwane Casey has been recognized for his team’s success, being named the Eastern Conference coach of the month Friday, only the third time a Toronto coach has won the honor.

The Raptors’ success has been enough to vault them into fourth place in the East. But just as they have become interesting, they have also come up against the top teams in their conference. They lost to the Miami Heat, 102-97, on Sunday and next face the Pacers, who dropped a 95-82 decision to the Raptors last Wednesday.

The Pacers are one of the top teams — if not the premier team — in the East, but they need to work on taking better care of the ball. They are in the bottom third in the league when it comes to turnovers, averaging 15.1 a game. In last week’s loss to the Raptors, they committed 22 turnovers.

Indiana is working on integrating Danny Granger into its lineup. Granger was sidelined by a leg injury for all but five games last season and has only just returned. He is averaging about 21 minutes a game and his production is steadily improving: He had 13 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, his best performance of the season. Granger was once the Pacers’ offensive star. If his play even begins to approach the level it was at two years ago, the Pacers will be an even bigger threat.

It has been a down season in the East, but the Raptors’ sudden success should serve as an inspiration to middling teams across the conference. As good as the Raptors have been, it is still difficult to see them as anything but an upstart, a suddenly fortunate team whose sudden boost might have as much to do with a burst of high morale as actual talent. Another win against the Pacers could signal that the Raptors are for real, and could be reason for pause for some fans in Indiana.
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I have a feeling this game is going to get cancelled because of the weather.
Yeah - they had to practice in Miami today. They might not get into Indy until later tomorrow, if at all. Indy is stuck in Cleveland.

Check that - Indy was stuck in Cleveland. I think they managed to get back.

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Old 01-06-2014, 09:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Raptors are expected to take off for Indy late on Monday. According to the official Raptors facebook page
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@Raptors: #Raptors will remain in Miami overnight. Now scheduled to travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday morning for 7 PM game vs. Pacers. #RTZ
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Piece of cake.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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@Raptors: #Raptors will remain in Miami overnight. Now scheduled to travel to Indianapolis on Tuesday morning for 7 PM game vs. Pacers. #RTZ
Time for some South Beach action!
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well at least they get to enjoy that miami weather
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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5 years of losing will do that to you
but I think Raps got this..Mia and Spurs are the hardest teams to beat because they do a little bit of everything.. just be physical with Indy and you have a chance.. they don't run well and they avg allot of TO's
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:30 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Pacers are going to destroy them tonight, 1 win against the Pacers this season is more than expected already
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I think the team is still in Miami waiting for a flight out.
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I think the team is still in Miami waiting for a flight out.
The Pelicans made it to Miami out of indy last night, and the Raptors were supposed to take their plane back to indy. The cbc this morning said they had landed in indy.
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The Pelicans made it to Miami out of indy last night, and the Raptors were supposed to take their plane back to indy. The cbc this morning said they had landed in indy.
Hmm, conflicting reports. Raptors Republic said they are still stuck and will try to fly out to Indy today (Tuesday)

I hope you're right!
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Pacers blow-out victory. Steve Novak and Landry Fields both go for double figures.

Prove me wrong Toronto.
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Hmm, conflicting reports. Raptors Republic said they are still stuck and will try to fly out to Indy today (Tuesday)

I hope you're right!
They ended up not taking the pels plane back, and i don't know where the hell the cbc got their info from. They are planning to fly out today though.
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They ended up not taking the pels plane back, and i don't know where the hell the cbc got their info from. They are planning to fly out today though.
Yup, flying out right now as we speak.

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Its about a 2.5 hour flight from Miami to Indianapolis. Could be 3 hours with the delays and bad weather there. So the Raptors would be getting into Indiana around 130/2.

That would give them around 4 hours before the pregame warmups.

Then its a flight right after the game back to Toronto for tomorrows game against Detroit. Yikes.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:20 AM   #20 (permalink)
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don't like our chances at all for this game.

the games coming up next will be the real test as to where this team is.
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