Friday, February 29, 2008

Pacers vs Raptors Summary

The Indiana Pacers surprised everyone tonight, snapping their three game losing streak with a big win over the Toronto Raptors. Chris Bosh leaving the game after only 9 minutes of play certainly didn't help the Raptors any, but that doesn't change the fact that the Pacers played good team basketball.

Personally, I thought the Pacers were going to struggle tonight against the Raptors. I did also think Marquis Daniels was going to be out with a sore back, but he did end up playing and contributed 12 points. 'Super' Rush played 41 of the 48 minutes and had 23 points and 9 total rebounds. Rush did shoot 10 three pointers like I said he must, and he made 4 of them. The star of tonights game though, was Mike Dunleavy. Dunleavy had 36 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists on 38 minutes of play. He was 11-19 from the field including 6-9 on three pointers.

The Pacers had six of their nine players score in double digits tonight, showing they were playing good team basketball. If the Pacers are going to win, sharing the ball, finding the open man, and making the open shot is what they have to do. They did miss a lot of open three's, but what NBA team doesn't?

The Pacers have an off day tomorrow, then return home on Sunday to play the 22-36 Milwaukee Bucks.

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