Game Preview: Raptors vs Kings

Kristopher Nichols
November 8, 2018

Heading into Sunday night's game against the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers were coming off of a solid win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Elsewhere in the category of former University of Utah players in the National Basketball Association with stellar fashion, Kyle Kuzma rocked a Kobe Bryant jersey on Sunday before the Los Angeles Lakers took on Toronto.

"Tonight was how our offence is supposed to be played", VanVleet said. Nurse has brought in a different philosophy and the Raptors have not skipped a beat.

He has made 27 of his past 29 attempts from the field over three games, which included the final four shots in Phoenix.

"The guy is hot", Lowry said of Ibaka but he could have said it about a half-dozen Raptors.

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Raptors won both games against the Kings last season (at home by 15 points and on the road by 15 as well). He was ably backed up by point guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 21 points and contributed with 15 assists. After the game, Burks was so disgusted he said he had nothing to say to the media despite his scoring outburst. Ibaka has reached double digits in points in 10 straight games, before fouling out at the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter.

In those two seasons that saw the Raptors only lose to the Kings, it was a Dwane Casey-coached bunch that had a tendency to play down to the level of its competition. "They came out and just hit us right in the mouth", James told reporters.

The Lakers have the 23rd ranked defense in the league, allowing 111.6 points per 100 possessions, but when you combine that with their fast pace (106.2 possessions per game, third in the league, via NBA.com) you end up in a situation where the Lakers have given up at least 110 points in every game.

On Monday night in Utah, the Raptors had their most complete performance of the season, with strong contributions up and down the roster to dominate a talented Jazz team on the second night of a back-to-back.

After Sunday's outburst, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game, while his 56.8 percent shooting percentage and 7.6 rebounds per game are the highest totals he has posted in years. Pitino, who coached Mitchell at Louisville, was accompanied by Utah Valley University coach Mark Pope who was on his 1996 Kentucky NCAA Championship team. As a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard went 17-2 in games against the Kings, including 11-1 at Sacramento.

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