Monday January 31 2011 – 9:47pm Eastern – Indianapolis, IN

Toronto falls to 13-36 on the season, losing to the Indiana Pacers, 104-93

THE START

Raptors - started the game off well and led 13-10 but allowed Indy to go on a 22-8 run to close the QRT and go up 11 after 1 QRT 
Pacers – shot 57.1% FG as a team;  had 3 players (Mike Dunleavy, Darren Collison, and Roy Hibbert) score 8 or more PTS in the QRT

AT THE HALF

Raptors – falls down by 20 at 48-28 but they close the half on a 17-3 run to trail by only 6 (51-45) at the break
Pacers - get out-scored by Toronto 16-6 in the paint and shot just 7/20 in the QRT after going 12/21 FG in the 1st

AFTER 3

Raptors - Toronto shaved 1 off the 6-point halftime deficit to trail by 5 going into the 4th, 75-70;  Raptors shot 50% FG in the QRT
Pacers – Indy’s offence continue to struggle, shooting just 8/25 FG (32%);  Danny Granger had 7 points and 6 rebounds in the QRT

THE FINAL FRAME

Raptors – Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan finished the game, each, 3/15 FG and TOR shot just 41% for the game;  out-scored 29-23 in the 4th 
Pacers - Paul George had 11 points in the QRT (16 in the game);  gave up 11 points off turnovers in the QRT but still out-scored TOR … and won the game

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ALSO OF NOTE

Leandro Barbosa, Linas Kleiza, and Reggie Evans did not travel to Indy for this game

Toronto has now lost 12 in a row — matching a skid they had in 2003 — and they’re now 23 games below .500

Toronto had a 17-game losing streak in 1997-98

Pacers matched their season-high with 25 turnovers (allowing 23 points off those 25 turnovers)

Hibbert had a game-high 24 points and a game-high 11 rebounds

Ed Davis was solid again for T.O. … finishing with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 24:39 minutes

That’s win #1 for Pacers interim coach, Frank Vogel

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Post-game interview with Indiana Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough (14 PTS, 6 REB) + some of the highlights from the game:

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Due to poor weather conditions in Indianapolis, the Raptors will spend the night here and HOPE to fly to Atlanta at some point tomorrow.  The Raptors play the Hawks on Wednesday night.  Paul Jones and I will be on the air that night at 7pm Eastern with the pre game show and we’ll have the tip off just after 730pm.

Have a good one

E. Smith

10 Responses to “The Skid Hits 12”
  1. 1.

    Ed Davis and Amir Johnson should be the starting frontcourt for this team.

    It’s critical this team puts this season behind and begins planning for the future. If BC is going to be around for several more years, he’s gotta see what he has in these two young players, before assessing how many more bigs he needs.

    There is no way the fan base will accept Bargnani continuing on into next year as a starter. No way.

    - brento.
  2. 2.

    Trying to or otherwise, the Raps are doing a great job of tanking the season. And how did the Knicks get so decent so fast after only one significant signing??? Even New Jersey and Milwaukee make us look bad, injuries or not…7th place in the East is a whopping 21 and 26, what a year to be crap.

    Next we get a real team in Atlanta.

    - Gary
  3. 3.

    Sad to see them lose, I thought the second effort was good to climb back into the game before half time.

    Have to give credit to Indiana for making just enough shots to hold the Raps at bay considering the Pacers coughed the ball up 25 times. It
    s kind of weird how the transition offence for the Raps wasn’t noticeable.

    I’m glad to see the likes of Hibbert and Hansborough getting the opportunity to play more. I’ve liked Hansborough’s game since the broken nose days. He has the kind of toughness the Raps needs right now.

    Good for Ed Davis to keep rolling, no matter the score. This kid seems to be a keeper.

    Has anyone else noticed how many rebounds off of free throws are becoming 50-50 balls on both ends? It’s disgusting. The offensive player should never even get a finger on the ball. Ever. It’s not just a Raptors thing either, it seems to be plaguing the league.

    The other point I would like to make is how the refs don’t let anyone bang underneath any more. I don’t know if it’s because the bigs have gone soft or the refs can’t see past the flailing arms. I think the rules should change a bit to allow more banging and physical play under the rim. No wonder half the bigs in the league don’t want to play defense when they’re getting called for ticky-tack fouls and forced to sit. The league changes the rules to allow the perimeter players more freedom, why not allow the same freedom to the bigs underneath?

    - T.J.
  4. 4.

    brento states: “There is no way the fan base will accept Bargnani continuing on into next year as a starter. No way.” Since when do the fans have any say in the matter. LOL

    - Michel G
  5. 5.

    Saw, the entire game.
    Found some interesting things about the game. I notice how Leo Rautins is killing Andrea which I don’t mind but, yeah funny stuff.

    Jay should have put on Ed Davis instead of Barg’s.

    By the way Jay made the right call in trying to call a time-out after Darrien made a 3. Did not see the point of that, I hope the Raptors show something against Indy next time they meet.

    - Nik
  6. 6.

    Sad, but true, Michel G.

    But, alas…not all Raptors fans are as meak as most. There are some — and, I’d like to consider me as one — who take action.

    After 12 years of purchasing season seats, it looks as though I am going to be walking away at the end of this season. Unless major changes occur…ie. new management…I can’t support this franchise anymore.

    What a shame that in a dozen seasons, I’ve seen one solitary playoff series win. So pathetic. But, it’s the last three years, under the “guidance” of Bryan Colangelo, that have been the most troubling — with practically zero resistance from his employer, MLSE.

    I have other things to do with my time and money.

    - brento.
  7. 7.

    Since Dec 8, 2010,
    Raps have gone 5-23.

    If Pacers don’t sign Mike Brown, maybe the Raps should.

    - Chas
  8. 8.

    Amen brento.

    I find it funny how you seem to think that you the most important factor in the world of Raptorland. Do you really think that leaving your season seat behind is going to make a lick of a difference when it comes to the Raptors? Do you really think that if you leave, others will follow?

    Give me a break. Your narcissism is a little over the top, much like your opinion of yourself.

    Perhaps when your name is mentioned on the 20/20 sports update will I take you seriously.

    I have not been to a game yet this year and have spent minimal money on the team in the entire time I’ve been a fan; mostly because I don’t have much and because I know it isn’t an investment. I can’t expect monetary gain or even for Colangelo to acknowledge my presence.

    You seem to have missed the point of it all. Completely missed it.

    - T.J.
  9. 9.

    TJ…I’m just one season seat holder. But, I’m not alone in giving up my seats. At last year’s annual meet the management session at the ACC, much was made of season seat holders reducing their number of seats, or giving up their tickets completely. Management assured us there was reason for optimism and that the Raptors were moving forward.

    That wasn’t good enough for many of those attendance (and others, I’m sure), who walked away from their “investment” and gave up their seats. Attendance is down significantly this season. And, many of those seats (particularly the reds and golds) were occupied by season seat holders last season.

    I can assure you MLSE is not happy with these unsold seats. And, at some point, pressure will be put on BC to fill them. Gate is down. Concessions are down. Playoff revenue is nonexistent.

    The truth is that there is a very good chance my seats WON’T be sold if I don’t renew. Renewals were down last year…far more folks gave up their seats than new ones came onboard. So, yes…I can have an impact on this team. And, even though my measly 82 seats sold per year might not put MLSE in financial straits, 3000 walking season seat holders absolutely will.

    In other cities, fans have significant impact on the decisions their pro sports teams make. Unfortunately, in TO, the “sheep” make it very difficult for owners to feel any pressure to produce winning teams.

    - brento.
  10. 10.

    I knew it this whole time this team would stink. But I will admit one thing that I was wrong about was Demar Derozan. Now at the beginning of the year he wasn’t really playing that well and I thought “ANOTHER DRAFT BUST” but man oh man was I wrong. Maybe it’s because of the injuries to the team but this guy has really stepped up. I’ll even go as far as he might win the most improved player award. Honestly raps fans if you want to have some sort of hope about this team cheer on Demar Derozan because Bargnani is clearly not the future of the team
    thank you

    - steve
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