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Raptors vs. Pacers: This is something of an important game

The best-of-7 is now a best-of-3 as the Raptors look to hold serve at home against the Pacers.

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As the initial anger and frustration of that horrible Game 4 loss dies down, the Raptors have to get their minds right for tonight's Game 5 matchup agains the Pacers. Our man Michael Hoad did a nice job previewing the game, so feel free to check it out.

The series has been a roller coaster from the word go.

Game 1 - annoying loss;

Games 2 and 3 - relatively easy victories;

Game 4 - abject performance in a loss.

With the series now tied 2-2, the Raptors have two home games left. With only one visit to Indiana left, the road to the Conference Semifinals still goes through Toronto. Meanwhile, the past two days have been full of positive and negative discussion. Does DeMar DeRozan get it going? Who starts at power forward? Can Kyle Lowry find his shot? Does Norman Powell get minutes.

While it's a little disconcerting that there are so many questions left to be answered, we should have some clarity on all matters in the next few hours. Reminder: This game tips off in 30 minutes at 6 PM EST.

Don't screw this one up, Raps. On to the comments.


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