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Thread: Game #42 Pacers (26-12) @ Raptors (29-12) Sunday January 6th 2019 SN1 900(St Johns) 830(Halifax) 730(Toronto) 630(Winnipeg) 530(Calgary) 430(Vancouver)

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    Default Game #42 Pacers (26-12) @ Raptors (29-12) Sunday January 6th 2019 SN1 900(St Johns) 830(Halifax) 730(Toronto) 630(Winnipeg) 530(Calgary) 430(Vancouver)

    Starting Lineups
    PACERS
    PG-Darren Collison
    SG- Victor Oladipo
    SF- Bojan Bogdanovic
    PF- Thaddeus Young
    C- Myles Turner

    RAPS
    PG- Fred Van Vleet (Kyle Lowry)
    SG- Danny Green
    SF- Kawhi Leonard (Norm Powell)
    PF- Pascal Siakam
    C- Serge Ibaka

    The Pacers have been waiting in Toronto for the Raptors since Saturday. Coming of an OT win in Chicago, they come in as the hottest team in the league, winners of their last 6. The last lost for the pesky team from Indianapolis came right here in Toronto on December 19th. They set the pace for the first 3 quarters before the Raptors switched to small ball in the final Q and the game came down to the final possession with a last second foul by OG going uncalled. Lets hope Drake did his job and took Cojo and the boys out for a night on the town.

    Your Raptors earned what has to be one of the top 3 wins of the season in Milwaukee Saturday night. After a sluggish few weeks we saw a performance reminiscent of the team we came to love early in the season. The starters all logged heavy minutes last night and with the status of both KL's unclear the raps will be looking for a spark from an unlikely source. Expect a tough game but if the raptors can play with the same energy they gave in the 2nd half in Milwaukee they will finish off a tough week with 3 out of 4 wins.

    GO RAPS

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    As promised a little better, appreciate you getting the thread up quick time. In bertarapsfan we trust to take us back to first place in the NBA.

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    Dipo will be a handful, may need to throw multiple guys at him. He seems to finally be recovered from his knee issue last month. I actually think Delon might be a useful cover on him at times. He's a step too fast for Danny and too powerful for Freddy.

    Also watch out for Sabonis, he is having an excellent season and we are going to really feel the loss of JV against him.

    But Kawhi is going to destroy Bogdanovic. This will be his first back to back of the year so hopefully he makes the most of it in potentially limited minutes.

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    Last game against the pacers it seemed like the raps struggled against their size without JV. As soon as we went small they had a tough time hanging with us.

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    Thanks for stepping up to the plate last game bertarapsfan. Entering this one brimming with confidence, and a serious "get to work" attitude. I like the teams chances.

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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post

    Ahh fuck

    Anyway, congrats to bertarapsfan for gifting us a big win last night. This next one isn't gonna be pretty
    OG is our king

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    Wouldn’t be surprised to see OG get the start tonight to boost his confidence. He has that Indiana connection

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    It's almost february and Kawhi still can't play in back to back games?

    Raps are basically giving this game away. The Pacers are just 1 game back in the standings.

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    No problem with Kyle and Kawhi being out tonight - the message was sent last night.

    Could see some extended Boucher minutes tonight. Also, that's a late start for a Sunday game in T.O. Can remember when 1pm used to be the norm. Helps the Raps get a little bit more rest, hopefully.

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    Time to showcase OG as a starting SF before the deadline. Hopefully he respond so Ujiri can net a better return if he ever trade him.

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    Quote golden wrote: View Post
    No problem with Kyle and Kawhi being out tonight - the message was sent last night.

    Could see some extended Boucher minutes tonight. Also, that's a late start for a Sunday game in T.O. Can remember when 1pm used to be the norm. Helps the Raps get a little bit more rest, hopefully.
    What message? that they beat a tired Milwaukee team playing in the 2nd game of a back to back? that they needed Siakam's career high and all of Kawhi's 38 mins to do it?

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    Quote golden wrote: View Post
    No problem with Kyle and Kawhi being out tonight - the message was sent last night.

    Could see some extended Boucher minutes tonight. Also, that's a late start for a Sunday game in T.O. Can remember when 1pm used to be the norm. Helps the Raps get a little bit more rest, hopefully.
    I agree with that. Rest Kawhi who carried the team along with the starters, and if Lowry is not 100%, sit him too. With the injuries it would have been really tough to get both of these games against two of the top teams in the league right now. We got the more important one yesterday with a heavy load on the starters, use this one to help the bench work out their chemistry.

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    Quote Fury wrote: View Post
    What message? that they beat a tired Milwaukee team playing in the 2nd game of a back to back? that they needed Siakam's career high and all of Kawhi's 38 mins to do it?
    The message was that even with Giannis going for 43 pts 18 boards (60% for 3), we beat them, on the road, without our startinng point guard, with 4 players scoring over 20pts, and smothering defence that completely dismantled Budenholzers offece scheme on the second half. This was a statement win against the best team in the league right now.

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    Quote Jclaw wrote: View Post
    Wouldn’t be surprised to see OG get the start tonight to boost his confidence. He has that Indiana connection
    He needs to learn to play well off the bench though
    I relish negativity and disappointment. It is not healthy. Somebody buy me a pony.

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    Quote inthepaint wrote: View Post
    The message was that even with Giannis going for 43 pts 18 boards (60% for 3), we beat them, on the road, without our startinng point guard, with 4 players scoring over 20pts, and smothering defence that completely dismantled Budenholzers offece scheme on the second half. This was a statement win against the best team in the league right now.
    Exactly.
    I relish negativity and disappointment. It is not healthy. Somebody buy me a pony.

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    It's probably going to be an L with no Kawhi and no Lowry after emotional win.
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    Quote The Claw Reborn wrote: View Post
    Time to showcase OG as a starting SF before the deadline. Hopefully he respond so Ujiri can net a better return if he ever trade him.
    Do you really think that's how it works?

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    Quote Fury wrote: View Post
    What message? that they beat a tired Milwaukee team playing in the 2nd game of a back to back? that they needed Siakam's career high and all of Kawhi's 38 mins to do it?
    The message that in the playoffs, the starters play 90% of the minutes in the game. There are never back to back games in the playoffs. Seeding certainly counts but history has shown, specifically for the raptors and generally for the conference, being the better team usually trumps seeding (unless you’re Bradley Beal). This feels very weird, after years of chasing the 1 seed, to see the Raps play the long game but it makes sense

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    Quote Fury wrote: View Post
    What message? that they beat a tired Milwaukee team playing in the 2nd game of a back to back? that they needed Siakam's career high and all of Kawhi's 38 mins to do it?
    GTFO. Nobody of importance on the Bucks, Giannis included played more than 20 minutes the night before due to the massive blowout. They were fresh as daisies. Take your asterisk and blow it out your

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