Road Reaction Show: Raptors 119, Kings 102
The Sacramento Kings (16-27) fall in Toronto to the Raptors (31-15) at the Air Canada Centre by a final of 119-102. Sacramento has now lost seven straight and are 5-15 under new head coach Tyrone Corbin. Rudy Gay led the way with 22 points. Ben McLemore added 17, but the Kings couldn’t defend the arc and the Raptors made them pay dearly.
Join James Ham and Rui Thomas 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.
Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound
What to watch
1. Defensive amnesia
The are many theories why the Kings and Raptors have abruptly stopped playing defense in recent months. Since coach Michael Malone’s firing, Sacramento has allowed over seven more points per game, while Toronto ranks 24th in the league in opponent field goal percentage after placing 10th last season. But both teams must snap out of the haze if they hope to rediscover their winning ways.
2. Turnover reversal
The Kings can’t take care of the ball (27th in turnovers), and they can’t pressure the rock (28th in opponent turnovers). The Raptors are elite (fourth) and above-average (10th) in these crucial categories respectively, which means Sacramento must turn the tables, somehow, someway.
3. Family reunion
Former Kings Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, Greivis Vasquez and James Johnson are available to play versus Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins, whose name may be revealed as an All-Star reserve on Thursday, will attempt to avenge a loss to the Raptors on December 2 which he sat out due to viral meningitis.