On Friday night the Toronto Raptors defeated the Indiana Pacers 108-98. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Pacers and they were not impressed with a layup attempt from Leandro Barbosa in the final seconds of the game. What they seem to have forgotten –and don’t worry, I asked– was that when the Raptors were in Indiana on January 31st Darren Collison threw up a 3-pointer at the buzzer, drawing the ire of the Raptors players and head coach Jay Triano.
Barbosa probably shouldn’t have retaliated tonight, but clearly, Toronto wanted to give the Pacers a taste of their own medicine and even the score.
If you didn’t happen to catch the final possession of the game, don’t worry: @outsidethenba captured the endings to both games and has them back-to-back in the video below.
Things got a little heated.
Here’s Granger on the layup attempt by Barbosa:
“If I was on him, I would have took his head off and I would have been suspended for a game for a flagrant foul. Stuff like that will set in the back of your head the next time we play Toronto. We don’t play them again but I was on him, I would have taken his neck off.”
I then asked Granger if he remembered the finish of their last game against Toronto in Indiana. Here’s his response:
“I do not. I think they were saying something about how we would have had a shot clock violation and somebody, Darren threw up a three and it went in or what not. I don’t know and I can’t remember, you know what I’m saying, but like I said, it’s in the back of your mind next time you play Toronto. It’s unsportsmanlike and like I said, I would have took his head off and busted his lip. That’s just me, though.”
Here’s what Barbosa had to say after he was told about Granger’s reaction to the play:
“You can’t give respect if you don’t have respect. When we went over there to play I wasn’t there, but I saw on TV they made a shot and the game was over and they counted the shot so we did the same thing. They got mad, but like I said, this is NBA. You cant give respect if you don’t have respect.”
When I asked Barbosa if he was surprised with the exception Granger took to the play since the Pacers had done the same thing in January he made it clear the play wasn’t something he’d ever do unless provoked:
“No, I wasn’t. I knew they were going to get mad, you know, but [the people] who know me know how I am. Granger knows how I am. We play ball together in the summer sometimes. I didn’t want to do that, but like I said, respect is respect.”
And finally, here is Barbosa when he was told that Granger said the play will be in his mind the next time the two teams face off:
“We don’t know how they are going to take that. Like I said, we don’t do that anymore if they don’t do it. I’ve been in this league eight years and [it has] never happened, but it happened unfortunately with us. We’ll see what happens the next couple games.”
I’m just thankful there wasn’t a fight after the game. A mid-March game between the Raptors and Pacers ending with a brawl? No thank you.