TORONTO -- After being cagey about his starting lineup heading into Monday night's Game 2, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has decided to replace rookie Norman Powell with $60 million man DeMarre Carroll.
The change was made so that Carroll, an aggressive defender, could see more minutes covering All-Star small forward Paul George, who torched Toronto for 33 points in Indiana's 100-90 victory in Game 1.
'"That's what I live for," Carroll said Sunday when asked about guarding a star wing player such as George.
Carroll, who missed 56 games because of a knee injury before returning late in the regular season, played 19 minutes in Game 1 and had been coming off the bench. Casey said he expects to play Carroll more in Game 2.
Powell, who had been a pleasant surprise filling in as a starter, played 17 minutes in Game 1 and scored five points.
It will be interesting to see, however, if he comes out of the rotation, with Casey looking to shorten it from 10 players to nine. Terrence Ross has struggled in the playoffs, but he has experience and can be effective when he's engaged and hitting shots.
Toronto's starting five will be, as usual, Jonas Valanciunas, Luis Scola, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. DeRozan was limited to just 5-for-19 shooting in Game 1 -- including 3-for-15 when George was defending him, per ESPN Stats & Information -- but now he won't have to expend so much energy guarding George.