Start time: 7:00 PM ET Channel: TSN Probable starting lineups Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas Indiana: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson will miss tonight’s game.
Indiana: Danny Granger is expected to be out until at least early January.
The Pacers beat the Raptors 90-88 in Toronto’s home opener on October 31, when George Hill scored the winning basket with two seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Indiana won four straight over the Raptors, and their last seven matchups in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers are favored by nine points in this game. I’m not a betting man, but coming off the Raptors’ triple-overtime marathon last night, I would think the smart money is on Indiana tonight.
With Danny Granger on the sidelines, the Pacers have struggled to generate offense — they’re 26th in offensive efficiency and tied for second-last in field goal percentage.
In the first season of his new four-year, $58 million contract, Roy Hibbert is averaging 8.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the free throw line. He’s on my fantasy team, of course.
In their 2012-13 home opener, the Toronto Raptors looked pretty good for most of the first 43 minutes and 29 seconds as they staked an 86-78 lead. The Pacers closed the game on a 12-2 run wrapped up by a George Hill floater with two seconds left, followed by an Andrea Bargnani airball at the buzzer. This would have been a much more depressing beginning to this season if it wasn’t so predictable.
Start time: 7:00 PM ET Channel: TSN Probable starting lineups Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas Indiana: George Hill, Paul George, Gerald Green, David West, Roy Hibbert
Toronto: No reported injuries.
Indiana: Danny Granger is out indefinitely with knee soreness, while George Hill is probable for tonight.
These game threads didn’t get a lot of traffic last year, so we’re going to keep these quick and dirty so they don’t take up a lot of our time. We’d love to see more of you hang out in the comments during the game, though!
The Raptors are 9-8 in season openers, and 6-5 in season openers at home.
Jonas Valanciunas will face a big test — literally — guarding seven-foot-two Roy Hibbert in Jonas’ first NBA game. This looks like one of those matchups where Jonas’ could get into foul trouble early.
The Pacers went 3-0 against the Raptors last season. In their most recent matchup, the Pacers won 103-98, but they had Granger in their lineup while Bargnani sat the game out for the Raptors.
Jeremy Lin's Rockets aren't worth the premium price tag, but a Raptors/Pacers opener offers great value
As the discussion intensifies and the anticipation builds with the season inching closer (24 days until training camp), it’s usually around this time that fans begin to peruse the schedule in search of games they’ll try to land tickets for. It’s also around this time that fellow season seat holders begin trying to narrow down their list of games they want additional tickets for.
On Thursday, Raptors season seat holders received an email that included the details of the 2012-13 tiered pricing at the Air Canada Centre.
There will be five tiers this season: Best Value, Value, Premium, Premium+ and Super Premium. Here’s which visiting teams fit into each category.
The overall direction and eventual landing spot of the current Raptors’ rebuild has been on my mind for much of the summer, as I know it has been for some other Raps diehards, too. Whether you want to call it a rebuild, a retooling, or simply a build, as Bryan Colangelo now refers to this stage, it’s obvious that Toronto is in Year Three of some sort of plan, and that the Raptors will head into training camp next month with what is unquestionably the best post-Bosh roster yet.
In a recent piece for NBA.com, John Schuhmann doesn’t necessarily seem sold on the idea that the ceiling for this Raptors team is very high but he does seem to like the general direction of the franchise in his column titled “Raptors moving steadily along in their rebuilding phase.”
This brings us back to the question of what exactly the Toronto Raptors are building towards.