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Game Thread #68: Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors

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Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors
28-39 23-43
March 15, 2009 - 12:30PM EST
Air Canada Centre
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: No local TV
Probable starters:
T.J. Ford PG Jose Calderon
Jarrett Jack SG Anthony Parker
Marquis Daniels SF Shawn Marion
Troy Murphy PF Chris Bosh
Roy Hibbert C Andrea Bargnani

The Indiana Pacers have a rare day game up in Toronto today. Danny Granger may give it a try tonight, but the comments from Jim O'Brien and Granger after he didn't play Friday seem to indicate they'd rather wait a little longer until the foot pain subsides for good. The team practiced yesterday so how the foot feels this morning will indicate whether or not Granger plays.

There's no doubt this is a must win for the Pacers to maintain any hope of emerging from the regular season with a playoff spot. It is hard to believe a win in Toronto is expected since the Pacers have been burnt by the Raptors over the past couple of seasons.

In fact, looking at the talent on the Raptors roster, it is hard to believe the team has lost seven in a row and completely fallen out of the Eastern Conference playoff discussion. Jason Kapono and Jose Calderon have been Pacer killers in the past, so keeping them in check is always critical. I'd add Andrea Bargnani to that list since his game resembles that of Mehmet Okur and Okur has really hurt the Pacers in both games against the Jazz.

Here are the Matchups.

For a Toronto perspective, check out Hoop Heads North, RaptorsHQ and Raptors Republic.

Gameday Reading

  • Pacers Notebook has Jim O'Brien focusing on Roy Hibbert's defensive struggles and Jarrett Jack playing with too many questions in his head in Atlanta. No time for getting mentally bogged down now Jack. Let 'er rip!
  • Frank Zicarelli reports on Jose Calderon breaking the Raptors' career assist leader.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments.