Prior to the game, Rick Carlisle revealed that Caris LeVert will return to action, saying he would play ‘some’ which left plenty of room for interpretation. Sounds like a role off the bench, regardless it is great news for the Pacers who need great news.
The Raptors punished the Pacers north of the border on Wednesday in an far less than spirited effort by the Blue and Gold. While the Pacers lost to Brooklyn on Friday, their effort on the little things was vastly improved despite playing without three starters which may be the case again on Saturday.
Effort is the Raptors calling card with an active lineup that makes up for a lack of height, with great length and athleticism. Pro tip: Don’t drink every time Buckner or Denari say length during the broadcast, will make for a rough Sunday.
It will be interesting to see how the Pacers adjust their approach against the Raptors since Torrey Craig only played mop up minutes on Wednesday and then put up a career high in Brooklyn last night. Seemed strange that he wasn’t utilized more on Wednesday to combat the matchup issues that were killing the Pacers.
Also, taking care of the ball will have to improve. The Pacers donated 22 turnovers in the last meeting which netted the Raps over 30 points.
So yeah, there is plenty of options to point toward for optimism, so we’ll see if the Pacers can step up and make it happen.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
When: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
TV: Bally Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/107.5 FM
Projected Starting Lineups:
Pacers: T.J. McConnell, Chris Duarte, Justin Holiday, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
Raptors: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, Precious Achiuwa
IND: Caris LeVert – questionable (sore back), Malcolm Brogdon - doubtful (hamstring), Isaiah Jackson - out (knee), Kelan Martin - out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)
TOR: Pascal Siakam - out (left shoulder injury recovery), Yuta Watanabe - out (left calf strain)
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