Toronto's style of play, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, makes it tough on the defense to avoid contact. By attacking the lane, they force defensive rotations which naturally leads to a reach or bump when the rotation is even a half-step late.
Those foul shots were a topic for discussion with the Pacers on their first day of preparation for Game 1 and they were able to use their playoff experience to make fouls an issue in the media before the game. In the grand tradition of Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, Frank Vogel avoided direct, fine-worthy comments by instead explaining how he expects his team to play, which also sends the subtle message about how he expects the game to be called.
Paul George took a similar approach, talking about what they needed to do, but also slipped in a reminder that playoff fouls are different than regular season fouls with an indirect plea to the refs to make sure fouls are legit. Candace Buckner shared the transcript of these quotes here.
The schedule says Game 1 tips off on Saturday at 12:30 p.m ET, but for the Pacers, the game is already underway.
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