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.

Comments (11)

  1. I do think Barbosa’s little shot was a tad worse than Collison’s, because the shot clock was turned off. So you know that it was really a retaliation issue. I love seeing the fire though. And Reggie Evans makes for a great intimidator.

  2. Boys will be boys.

  3. Pretty lame reaction…why even bother? If we’re so tough, why not punch Collison in the face?

    And really, it’s a bit of a stretch to think that his three was meant to be a slap in the face.

    Jay is not tough, so I don’t get why he’s pretending to be.

  4. Nothing wrong with a little tit for tat, adds some spice to 2 losing franchises playing nothing games late in the season.

  5. I wondered about it then – when they did it to us – and my thinking was that at the end of the shot-clock, with any time left at all, what else are ya gonna do, other than take the shot? Thing is, the way Jay and most others on the team reacted, I sort of deferred to what they seemed to feel so strongly about, thinking they must know what the particular protocol was for that situation. And if it was just a ruse-of-a-sort, to give them an edge for the next game? Well, so much the better, then. ‘Cause if so, it worked. To heck with the Pacers. I don’t like ‘em, anyway.

  6. I would have loved for Reggie to get right into McRoberts’s face , he was doing a lot of jawing at Barbosa. Grangers a punk, if ur that mad , u can still slap Barbosa right there instead of talking and get suspended if ur so tough.

  7. granger must have a short memory. he’e also a sore loser. fake tough guy hu

  8. Granger is a punk. Its good to see the Raps taking some pride for their team.

  9. Granger throwing the ball in Ed Davis face was pretty dirty to. It was intentional for sure. He saw Davis wasnt looking and threw it directly at his face.

  10. I think Mr. Granger is still feeling some animosity towards Toronto for Drafting Joey Graham over him a few years back. To be Honest last year Granger went and shoved Bosh( who is also a fake tough guy) for no reason and no one did anything, no wonder the man left us. But here is the thing WHO IS DANNY GRANGER? I mean really outside of Indianapolis Granger is nothing, no one. 1 time all star and even that was a poor judgment on the part of the fans.

    This guy has no class and no professionalism. He is such a sore Loser, throwing the ball at Ed Davis’ face in the middle of the game when the outcome was far from decided is proof.

    Take Barbosa’s head off? I mean come on man, anyone can talk after the fact especially when the cameras are rolling. Part of that could be Our own Sports Media adding fuel to what I think was a tiny candle flame.

    Danny Granger is as soft as they come. Talk Talk and keep Talking 30 seconds of fame in Canada apparently is more important to him than going back to indy and being some sort of classy role model for the kids. I hope the league doesnt let him slide on this one because this dude has a history of stunting.

  11. @Was@The Game

    Just to inform you, Granger was not a selection of the fans in the All-Star game. He was appointed as a reserve by the coach of the team.

    You obviously have no knowledge of the NBA outside of your home team, so it’s probably a good idea for you to keep your garbage on a Raptors board.

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