Raptors at Pacers game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO (1-6) at INDIANA (3-4)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
TIPOFF: 7 p.m.
TV: TSN; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Dominic McGuire, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Indiana: George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert.
Key backups tonight
Toronto: Ed Davis, Amir Johnson; Indiana: Gerald Green, Sam Young.
What happened this morning
According to the crack Pacers media relations staff, Indiana’s going to give Lance Stephenson his first start of the season and second of his caeer.
Not sure exactly about the reasoning behind it, we’ll hear more from coach Frank Vogel this evening but Stephenson will be in tough with DeMar DeRozan going so well of late.
No shootaround for the Raptors, who dragged their worn out selves into the team hotel sometime after 2 a.m. following that Jazz marathon.
Speaking of …
Yes, DeRozan’s 60 minutes of playing time against the Jazz on Monday was the most of his career. But he was telling us the 44 minutes against Philadelphia the other night was no big deal, can’t imagine he’ll complain about being tired tonight. But he will be.
Not a nice place to visit
With its sightlines and old-school fieldhouse design, the arena formerly known as Conseco is right near the top of everyone’s of favourite buildings in the league.
Except the Raptors, perhaps; Toronto has lost its last seven games in the joint.
Once more into the breach
Most memorable Raptor moment here?
It was the scene of The Trade; we were in the hallway outside the locker room when we got word Vince Carter had been dealt to New Jersey.
Jalen Rose figured when he heard that Jersey was involved that Toronto had to get someone like Jason Kidd back. When he was told what was in the package …
“For the first time, Jalen is speechless.”
Gotta love Jalen.
Toronto is 23-41 vs. the Pacers and 7-24 here in Indiana.