The Toronto Raptors are scheduled to face the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, but it sounds like the Raptors might once again be without the services of Kawhi Leonard, who has been dealing with a minor ankle injury.
Sacramento had plenty of opportunities to lay down but hung in the game. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Jazz with a 124-111 score, beating the odds.
It didn't matter. The Raptors (9-1) came out hot and led the Lakers by 31 at one point in the first quarter.
Playing the second night of a back-to-back without its top player, the Raptors managed to overcome a 41-14 discrepancy in free throws to out-finish the Jazz.
Trivia time: The meeting between Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Jazz coach Quin Snyder made National Basketball Association history: it was the first regular-season meeting of two one-time G-League coach of the year award winners. But Rondo was doing a really nice job of just being a point guard out there, so we stuck with Rondo. He's been forced to go deep into his rotations as of late with the absence of two-way star, Kawhi Leonard, but as of shootaround, the two-time All-Star is expecting to suit up. Toronto plan to be cautious with Leonard to start the season as he was limited to just nine games with the San Antonio Spurs in 2017-18 because of a quad injury.
"The guy is hot", Lowry said of Ibaka but he could have said it about a half-dozen Raptors.
Walton hopes his team will take the game against the Raptors as a learning experience as this was the first game they lost this season with a double-digit margin. By the time they locked things down on that end of the court, the Raptors were able to jump ahead 11 points at the break and never looked back. Toronto has given up 107.7 points per game. Wednesday was no exception and he hit another three from Steph Curry range, this one in response to a Buddy Hield three-pointer that capped a mini-Kings run. Both are among the NBA's best two-way players. De'Aaron Fox added 20 points, and second overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III had 13.
Bagley has scored in double figures in eight of his 10 games.