Game 49 Preview: Toronto Raptors at Sacramento Kings

Raptors coach Dwane Casey unhappy with a call. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), CSNCA (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (16-32)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Toronto Raptors Projected Starters (26-22)

PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: DeMar DeRozan
SF: Terrence Ross
PF: Amir Johnson
C: Jonas Valanciunas




What to watch

1. Can DeMarcus Cousins put on another show in his second game back from injury?

Cousins returned to action to face the Chicago Bulls on Monday after missing six straight games with a sprained left ankle.  While he wasn’t a 100-percent, that didn’t stop him from scoring 25 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and handing out four assists in 34 minutes.  Adam Silver will be in attendance and Cousins would love to show the NBA’s new commissioner that he is worthy of an All-Star selection.

2. How does Rudy Gay fare against his old teammates?

Gay had a miserable start to the season as a member of the Raptors, leading plenty of basketball experts to write off the 27-year-old forward.  But Gay has silenced his critics in 25 games with Sacramento by averaging 20.7 points on 53-percent shooting.

3. How do the Kings castoffs perform in their first game back in Sacramento?

John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes were moved to Toronto in the Gay deal earlier this season and the quartet has helped turn the Raptors’ season around.  All four players are coming off coach Dwane Casey’s bench and making an impact.

 

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".