"They are playing like they are the best team in the Eastern Conference so far".
The Raptors will be seeking to put the finishing touches on a 4-0 Western swing after having dispatched of Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah by an average of 12.0 points. The Jazz also lost a player during the game: Joe Ingles dislocated a finger in the fourth quarter. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Jazz with a 124-111 score, beating the odds.
Toronto managed to overcome his absence against the Lakers on Monday night.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Leonard have both previously said they don't consider the injury serious, according to TSN. "I think at one point it was 21-1 in free throws. We just have to be better, and that was it".
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Toronto ended the first quarter on a 15-4 run, then took control once Leonard got going in the second after Sacramento got in foul trouble. As a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard went 17-2 in games against the Kings, including 11-1 at Sacramento.
Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.
Zach LaVine tallied 41 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Bulls' 116-115 double-overtime win over the Knicks. The Kings, though, also allow 119.3 points against a night, which is 26th in the National Basketball Association ...
Sure, it's convenient to point out various explanations/excuses depending on your perspective after the 121-107 loss. Point guard Kyle Lowry tallied 17 points and dished out 11 assists, while Pascal Siakam chipped in 16 points along with seven rebounds.
Murray's big night helped the Nuggets to their fifth straight win while Irving weighed in with 31 points for the Celtics.
James said his Lakers could've played better in certain areas against the Raptors, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Greg Monroe, who hadn't played more than 4:49 in a single game before Monday, showed his veteran presence as he stepped up in Ibaka's absence, looking like he hadn't missed a beat as he went 4-for-5 from the field with three rebounds in almost 13 minutes.
The franchise has infamously drafted as poorly as any in the last decade but struck gold with 2017 fifth-overall pick Fox, who scored 20 points against the Raptors and looks like he'll be a mainstay in the Kings' backcourt for years.
Bagley has scored in double figures in eight of his 10 games.