Road Reaction Postgame Show: Toronto Raptors 99, Sacramento Kings 87

Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray return to north of the border as the Sacramento Kings face the Toronto Raptors.  Join Jonathan Santiago and special guest co-host Aaron Fischman for the Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+ after the game. The show can be watched on the video player embedded below.  You can also join the discussion of tonight’s game by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.




What to watch

1. Rudy’s return

Rudy Gay returns to the city he briefly called home for several months.  Gay played less than a season for the Raptors, but left the city maligned by fans and analytical critics.  Many people had written Gay off after his trade to the Kings, but he has taken off in his the capital city.  As a King, Gay is averaging 20.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  And to the chagrin of his statistical detractors, he’s also shooting at a much more efficient clip – 50 percent from the field.  He told media that his return to Toronto is just another game, but we’ll see if his play tonight suggests otherwise.

2. Quincy’s return

Unlike Gay, Acy’s return won’t receive top billing in tonight’s game.  But of the three players who came to Sacramento from Toronto, no one took the trade harder than Acy.  The 22-year-old forward grew fond of playing north of border and took it to heart when the Raptors decided to deal him just month and a half into his second season.  Acy always plays with a ton of energy, but he may have something extra against his former Raptors teammates tonight.

3. Ray’s rise

Ray McCallum has played incredibly well for the Kings as of late.  Since the trade deadline, the rookie guard has stepped up to play extended minutes at both guard positions.  In his last five games, McCallum has averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 assists in 25.8 minutes per contest.  McCallum has become a steady presence in the Kings’ rotation and continues to get better as the season goes on.  We’ll see if that trend continues tonight against the Raptors.

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About: Jonathan Santiago

Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.