Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Alan Anderson, Amir Johnson, Aaron Gray
Indiana: Darren Collison, Paul George, Danny Granger, David West, Roy Hibbert
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is will miss tonight’s game with “calf tightness”. Jerryd Bayless is out for the season.
Indiana: No injuries reported.
Is this recurring calf injury situation with Andrea Bargnani concerning anyone else? I know it’s good for the tanking cause if he sits out the rest of the season, but assuming this is a legit injury, it’s the third time this season he’s missed games due to a calf injury. If he doesn’t play another game this season, that will mean he missed more than half the Raptors’ games due to calf issues. If the Raptors are finally going to be competitive next season, they’ll need their “franchise player” in the lineup much more frequently.
Tonight’s game should have a fairly predictable result, as the Pacers have beaten the Raptors six straight times at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers are third in the East going into tonight, but they’re only a game ahead sixth-placed Orlando so Indiana will be fighting to retain a hold on home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
And now, yet another reminder of how important it is to craft your questions carefully at a Gregg Popovich media scrum.