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INDIANAPOLIS - It was just before 2pm local time when the Raptors landed on game-day, five hours prior to tipoff and 38 hours after they were originally scheduled to touchdown in Indianapolis. Chris Driedger Senators Jersey Authentic . Creatures of habit, the Raptors were expecting to fly out after their previous game - a hard-fought loss in Miami on Sunday - practice on Monday and shoot around ahead of an already daunting match-up with the league-best Pacers, a team they had defeated at home a week earlier. Instead, Mother Nature threw them a curveball and they had no choice but to adjust. A major snowstorm and frigid temperatures in Indianapolis resulted in the altered itinerary, a reasonable excuse for a team that has vowed to stop making excuses, and to their credit they refused to take the bait. "We can have all the excuses in the world, but in a game like this you have to man up and bring it," Dwane Casey said after his road-weary club dropped Tuesdays sluggish rematch with the Pacers 86-79 in snow-covered Indianapolis.  "Its a mans league. I expected us to have a little bit of a hangover with the bullcrap with the travel but I thought we put ourselves in a position to win. Now weve got to close the deal." Not one Raptor player would use the teams travel nightmare as justification for the loss; they would barely even acknowledge it in the visitors locker room post-game. It was the type of easy out they used to fall back on, almost routinely. This time they did what winning teams do. They owned it. "[We] had the opportunity, but didnt make shots," said Kyle Lowry, who had 16 points to go along with just two dimes, his lowest assist total since November 11th. "They beat us. We were a little bit off, schedule off, routine, but still had a chance to win, so cant really say it messed us up too much." The loss was just their fifth in 15 games since the trade, dropping a game below the .500 mark. "We came out a little sluggish, had a couple turnovers at the beginning, shots werent falling for us and we got out-rebounded," said Amir Johnson, coming off his worst outing of the season. "Theres your ball game." More often than not, the Raptors were a step slow against a team that prides itself on pounding opponents into submission, especially at home, where theyve suffered just one loss. Toronto was out of sync, looking nothing like the club that stunned the Pacers at the Air Canada Centre last week. The Raptors managed just 18 assists, failing to reach 20 dimes for only the fourth time in the last 15 games. They were out-rebounded by 17 and bested by 14 in the paint, 11 in second-chance points. True to character they nearly made something out of nothing, cutting their deficit - once as big as 17 - to six down the stretch before eventually succumbing to the home teams punishing brand of basketball. "Guys were just a little bit off from their rhythm," Lowry said. "Not making shots, just the timing of everything was just a little off tonight." DeMar DeRozan scored the teams final 17 of the third quarter and finished with 28 and Patrick Patterson - playing in place of Johnson - had 11 of his 20 points in the fourth.  Johnson was not himself, finishing scoreless on five attempts in just over 20 minutes of action. Battling a cold on top of the travel snafus, the Raptors forward struggled through fatigue, looking out of breath on a couple of occasions in the first half. With Patterson playing well, Casey opted to ride the hot hand and sit Johnson in the fourth. Jonas Valanciunas also had an off night, held to just four points in 32 minutes and outplayed by Pacers centre Roy Hibbert on both ends of the floor. The team checked in and out of its Miami hotel three times before eventually taking off for Indianapolis at 11:30am Tuesday morning. There, they spent less than an hour at the hotel before boarding three busses to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, skipping shoot around and putting a dent into most of their game-day routine. "Youve just got to get your body going," Johnson said before the game. "After sitting down for a couple of hours, youve got to [stay active]." "Adversity sometimes comes in different ways," Casey said. "Its a good character builder for us. You hate to be against the best team in the conference but it is what it is." Chris Neil Senators Jersey . Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. The latest from Bob As tweeted by TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie on Monday, the Columbus Blue Jackets need to resolve their offseason plans with forward R. Mike Hoffman Senators Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.hockeysenatorsauthority.com/gabriel-gagne-senators-jersey-c-27/ . -- Even as Chris Paul remained evasive about his future, he did what team leaders are expected to do.Leicester and Tottenham will take time out from their Premier League title battle to scrap over the PFA Player of the Year awards on Sunday. Foxes trio Jamie Vardy, NGolo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are all up for the top award along with Tottenhams Harry Kane, West Hams Dimitri Payet and Arsenals Mesut Ozil.The 43rd PFA awards dinner is being held at Grosvenor House in London, but none of Spurs players will attend the gala due to their clash with West Brom on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports 1HD. Pundits Player of the Year? Charlie, Thommo and Merse have their say on who should win... It means that midfielder Dele Alli, red-hot favourite to become PFA Young Player of the Year, will not be in attendance. Neither will Kane, who is in contention to retaain the junior prize he won last season and win the top accolade. Mark Stone Senators Jersey Authentic. .The rest of the Young Player of the Year nominees, including Everton pair Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Liverpools Philippe Coutinho and Stokes Jack Butland, are all expected to attend the ceremony. The PFA will also announce the winner of the Merit Award, but it was forced to bring forward confirmation of its Divisional Teams of the Year after they were leaked on Twitter on Thursday.Sunderland striker Beth Mead is in contention to win both the Womens Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, while Gemma Davison, Hedvig Lindahl, Ji So-Yun (all Chelsea) and Izzy Christiansen (Manchester City) have also been nominated for the senior prize. 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