Kings Look to Get On Track at Home vs. Raptors: Game Preview


Courtesy: Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star

The Sacramento Kings prepare to take on the Toronto Raptors as they try to get back on track after their blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Both the Raptors and the Kings are the worst teams in their divisions. The Raptors have two more losses than the Kings, and are playing the second game of a seven game road trip. Toronto is 2-13 all time in Sacramento, allowing an average of 105.5 points in those games.

The Kings expect Tyreke Evans to return tonight after missing two games due to a bruised right knee. They will look for Evans to get right back on track and continue his improved play. DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t had the type of break-out season the Kings expected him to have; but we are only a month into the season, and the the Kings and their big man still have plenty of time to turn things around.

The Kings need to start tonight’s game with more intensity and drive than Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers. The Raptors are not an elite team, but have shown that they are capable of playing tough defense and scoring over 100 points. If the Kings get solid minutes from Evans, Cousins, and Thornton; the Raptors will have a tough time defending them tonight.

However, the only way the Kings will start winning games is if their core players of Evans, Cousins, Brooks and Thornton start playing with each other. The Kings have become a team that is known to fall into the bad habit of relying on one on one basketball when they are in pressure situations. They don’t have any player that is an elite one-on-one player, and have become to comfortable with allowing each other to try and win games by themselves. When the Kings pass the ball, and move without the ball, they create open, high percentage shots that are very hard to defend. The have the tools and the players to be a good team if they pass the ball and find each other.

Probable Starters:

Sacramento Kings

13 Tyreke Evans Forward
34 Jason Thompson Forward
15 DeMarcus Cousins Center
5 John Salmons Guard
3 Arron Brooks Guard

Toronto Raptors

20 Mickael Pietrus Forward
7 Andrea Bargnani Forward
17 Jonas Valanciunas Center
10 Demar DeRozen Guard
3 Kyle Lowery Guard

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Tags: Aaron Brooks Andrea Bargnani Demar DeRozen DeMarcus Cousins Jason Thompson John Salmons Jonas Valanciunas Kyle Lowery Marcus Thornton Mickael Pietrus Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors Tyreke Evans