November 20, 2016, 11:34 am
The Sacramento Kings continue their home stand Sunday afternoon with a game against the Toronto Raptors. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, with the first being a 96-91 victory for Sacramento.
The Kings have gone 1-4 since their last game against the Raptors, so hopefully this matchup can be used to help turn things around. While the last game in Toronto was a win, the Raptors are not a team to be taken lightly. They enter play with a 8-4 record to this point, and are currently tied for third in the Eastern Conference.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins has been playing at a very high level despite the team’s current losing streak. Not only has he been able to score and rebound at a high rate, he has been more than capable as a distributor, dishing out 13 assists in his last two game. Cousins constantly gets doubled defensively, so it’s great to see that he knows how to find the open man.
- Dave Joerger announced after the loss to the Clippers that he would be moving Cousins back to the center position. Kosta Koufos never seemed to fit well next to Cousins dating back as far as last season, so the change doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Joerger went with smaller lineups in the second half against the Clippers with a fair amount of success, so it will be interesting to see how the change plays out in a larger sample.
- DeMar DeRozan has been one of the top players in the NBA this season, and has been virtually unstoppable as a scorer. Sacramento has struggled containing the perimeter, so keeping him in check will be a big key for the Kings.
Sacramento currently sits 2.5 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference, so despite the early struggles they remain in good position to challenge for a playoff spot. A win against a tough opponent at home could provide a great boost for this group as they try to finish out their tough home stand.