Game Preview: Raptors @ Kings

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From NBA.com: The Toronto Raptors’ decision to trade Rudy Gay was seen largely as a move aimed at financial flexibility.

Since the deal, though, they’ve been one of the better teams in the NBA.

Toronto will face Gay for the first time since trading him when they visit the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Gay shifted teams for the second time in less than two seasons as part of a seven-player deal Dec. 9. The trade also saw Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy join him in Sacramento, while Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes were sent to Toronto.

With two of those acquisitions from the Kings playing on expiring contracts and Gay set to make more than $37 million through next season, the Raptors’ motives appeared based on finances.

However, Toronto’s 19-10 record since remaking its roster has been among the best in the league and the Raptors (26-22) are atop the Atlantic Division.

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 Projected Starters

Raptors:Kyle Lowry (G), DeMar DeRozan (G), Terrence Ross (F), Amir Johnson (F), Jonas Valanciunas (C)

Kings: Isiah Thomas (G), Marcus Thornton (G), Rudy Gay (F), Jason Thompson (F), DeMarcus Cousins (C)

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Injury Updates

Raptors: Landry Fields – Right wrist surgery (out),

Kings: None

By The Numbers: Raptors @ Kings

Team Comparison
2013-14 AVERAGES 2013-14 RANKINGS
TOR SAC TOR SAC
PPG 99.3 101.6 PPG 18 13
FG% .438 .451 FG% 24 15
3FG% .365 .344 3FG% 13 25
FT% .773 .771 FT% 7 8
OFF 11.9 11.9 OFF 8 10
DEF 31.5 31.9 DEF 20 16
REB 43.4 43.8 REB 14 11
AST 20.8 19.8 AST T-17 29
STL 6.9 7.4 STL 26 18
TO 14.2 15.0 TO 9 16
BLK 4.4 4.0 BLK 23 29

 

Last Time They Met: Kings 105, Raptors 96 – Jan. 4, 2013

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