IN trailed by nine less than four minutes in as the slow-reacting defense allowed the Raptors to score at will. Toronto surged to a 26-18 advantage by the end of the quarter on the strength of 50 percent shooting. “A guy that’s faint of heart will stop on that first one”.
IN recovered from a slow start to defeat Toronto 108-90 on Tuesday. Toronto outscored Detroit 27-9 in the fourth quarter. Two of those games came against Indiana, Toronto snuck out with a win in their meeting on March 31. Raptors player P.J. Tucker wasn’t too pleased and tried to get it on with Stephenson who wisely walked off as both squads jawed at each other. “Every possession is important”.
After watching George go toe to toe with LeBron for 58 minutes, it was kind of baffling to consider how their teams are on opposite ends of the playoff bracket. “That’s what you’ll see in the next few games”.
But despite the Pacers’ double-digit lead, there was still plenty of drama in the closing seconds.
Washington took care of business at home against Charlotte, moving the Wizards into a tie with Toronto for the No. 3 seed, but the Raptors hold the tiebreaker based on their season-series win.
He scored 12 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, had three assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes. The most visibly excited was Jeff Teague, who completed a 20 point, six assist night with the most passion he’s shown all season. “Guarding the 3-point line was our biggest problems”. “. It came down to the last punch, and we just needed to make some more plays down the stretch to win the game”. IN has now lost four straight games and six of their last seven contests.
It just feels right. “That tells you everything you need to know”. Defensively, the Pacers are yielding 105.8 points per game against the opposing teams. “It’s not easy, but nothing’s impossible in this league”. The Pacers are now on a four-game losing streak and have lost six of their last seven games. Over the rest of the game, the Pacers made 31 shots on 53 percent shooting. Jackson never regained his explosiveness after missing the first 21 games with a knee injury. On-court players, the bench, and fans.
Pat Ewing was an assistant under Stan Van Gundy in Orlando. Myles Turner is going to be very good, but Jonas Valanciunas plays well against him because Turner can’t yet meet his physicality. A couple smart additions and the Pacers could leap back up to the top half of the conference, but trading George could allow the start of a full rebuild.