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  • Coming off a 140-133 triple-overtime loss to Utah Monday night, the Raptors will not only battle fatigue but a continued lack of depth. Point guard Kyle Lowry and small forward Landry Fields traveled to New York to see a specialist to get a second opinion on their injuries and are not with the team. Lowry (sprained right ankle) will miss his fourth game in a row, while Fields (right hand/wrist) is out for the third straight. “We miss those guys,” said Coach Dwane Casey. “Our fingers are crossed. Hopefully we’ll get some answers here pretty soon.” Alan Anderson (sprained left foot) saw a specialist in Indianapolis today and also is not expected to play.
  • DeMar DeRozan racked up a career-high 37 points against Utah and has averaged 26.6 in the last three. “That’s probably the best all-around performance that DeMar has exhibited,” Casey said. “Now the next step is for it to continue on a consistent basis.”
  • Six of the Pacers’ seven games have come down to the final possession of regulation, including the season opener in Toronto, when they put together a 12-2 run down the stretch and pulled out the 90-88 victory after George Hill’s floater with 2.1 seconds remaining. The weary, shorthanded Raptors offer an opportunity for a breather but Coach Frank Vogel cautioned otherwise. “We can’t have the mindset that just because they played an overtime game last night they’re going to be a weakened opponent,” he said. “We’re expecting the unexpected and not taking them lightly in any way.”
  • Vogel said he will keep third-year guard Lance Stephenson in the starting lineup while sticking with a nine-man rotation “for now.” Stephenson had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting in an 89-85 victory over Washington Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The odd man out in the rotation is veteran wing Sam Young. “Lance and Gerald (Green) need big minutes to continue building the habits of winning basketball,” Vogel said. “Sam is ready and able, and I believe in him.”
  • D.J. Augustin has struggled mightily as the backup point guard, shooting 6 of 32 (.188) overall and 5 of 23 (.217) from the 3-point line, averaging 3.0 points and 2.4 assists in 13.6 minutes. “When you’re used to being a starter and playing the whole game, it’s a whole different mindset coming off the bench and playing in short bursts,” Vogel said.

– Conrad Brunner

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