Roy Hibbert

I just finished watching a truly ugly, sloppy, substandard display of basketball at Conseco Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors combined for 41 turnovers (25 for Indiana, 16 for Toronto) but the Pacers came out ahead because they dominated on the boards with a 56-38 advantage, because they have players who can make three-pointers (Indiana went 8-for-20 while Toronto went 1-for-6)  and because they have a true lane intimidator in Roy Hibbert — definitely the star of this game with 24 points, 11 rebounds and a couple of blocks.

It was the same story it’s been for the past few weeks for the Raptors. They missed open shots, they got outworked for loose balls, and they had very little cohesion on the court — a lot of the time, they play together like a group of guys who showed up for a pickup game and have never played together before. Also, when your supposed top two offensive players (Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan) shoot 6-for-30 combined, it’s a pretty safe bet this isn’t your night.

While Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel surely wasn’t thrilled to see his team tie their season-high in turnovers in his debut, he had to be happy with the performance by Hibbert — who looked like the dangerous Big Roy from November rather than the shell of a player he’s appeared to be throughout most of January. One game playing for Vogel doesn’t prove that fired coach Jim O’Brien was Hibbert’s problem, but if this is what it took for him to get his confidence back, so be it.

This loss makes it 12 in a row for the Raptors and I don’t see a recent end in sight unless something drastic happens. That could be a trade, a new coach, or maybe even a heart transplant for Andrea Bargnani. But this is a thoroughly discouraged and disillusioned group of young men I saw in black and red tonight.

Raptors Player of the Game: Amir Johnson — 38 Min, 18 Pts, 8-14 FG, 2-5 FT, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Pacers Player of the Game: Roy Hibbert — 30 Min, 24 Pts, 9-19 FG, 6-9 FT, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

Goat of the Game: Andrea Bargnani — 33 Min, 12 Pts, 3-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl, 1 Blk

Comments (13)

  1. 1 for 6!!! The streak lives!!!!

  2. 2 things:
    1. Jay needs to play Ed more. A lot more. Maybe even consider starting him over Amir.
    2. BC needs to seriously think about trade options for Bargnani. He’s not going to work as a main guy, if he keeps playing like this. A trade for someone like Josh Smith might be something to look forward to.

  3. It’s really grim right now. Factoring in the empty area that was a dire game. AND YET, I watched,

    I am really not digging Weems right now. Like, if this is what we are going to get, I’m basically…done with him.

    Davis is a keeper. Not saying he’s going to be *great* but, you can tell it’s *possible* he’s going to put it together.

  4. I don’t understand why Weems is playing 30+ minutes after he has shown time and time again he is not a team player. The fact the every time Derozan has to take a back seat when they both play on the floor should be enough to glue his behind onto the bench.

  5. We’ll probably have to wait until bargnani stops playing like shit before we can trade him.

  6. Welp, at least we’re tanking properly this year. No changes needed, just stay the course.

  7. We desperately need Barbosa back

  8. @ SR…..

    The streak ended last week.

  9. tank nation rolls on…. replacing the 3 point streak with the NBA’s longest streak, of losses! far more significant. good job Jay-T!

    @atom786 Josh Smith? Seriously? I’d be happy with Andres Biedrins or someone of similair calibre. A big who can pull in some rebounds and play defense. Maybe even expiring contracts at this point.

  10. It’s thoroughly exhausting being a Raptors fan. Seriously. What does this team give us, as fans? Frustration? check. Shame and embarrassment? check, check. Nothing, and I mean NOOOTHING, to look forward to in the next 5 seasons and/or the foreseeable future? check.

    it was a mistake to franchise Bosh. Everybody could see he was soft and would never be a leader after his second season as a pro. Let’s build the team around this kid! Great idea! No really, how many of you actually thought we had a superstar in Bosh? Fake tough guy, indeed.

    Craptors!

  11. The Raptors suck. This we know. What we learned last night: Nick Collison’s a douchebag. Shocking that no Raptor took exception to his antics.

  12. I think there’s a couple issues the Raps need to address either via trade or the draft.

    1. They need a legit TOP-TIER starting point guard. Look at the leaders of each conference and the one common denominator is that they have all-star or former all-star floor generals. Unless you have one of the best 3 players in the L (Bron, Wade, Kobe), then you’re going nowhere fast without a star pg. Jose is efficient but is far from filling this description and Bayless is too inefficient (and at times selfish) to take over the starting job full-time.

    2. They need to get some damn swag! If Bargnani is our “Franchise” (and he DID claim the spot after CB left) then he needs to start being more vocal and act like the Franchise guy. If he’s not scoring then he offers this team NOTHING. No rebounding, no defense and worst of all, no fiery passion that might ignite his teammates. This team needs a sense of pride!

  13. Has this site been down recently? Been having trouble getting on to this site this last week.

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