Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness

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The Raptors will be seeing the Kings for the first time since Sacramento made Marvin Bagley III the second pick of the June draft. A lot can change in the next year, but the Clippers do look like the favorite at the current time, with the cap room to sign both Leonard and another max player.

For now, the Kings aren't in that tier yet.

Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors dunks in front of Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. That ties him with Ben Simmons for the third-most in the league, trailing only Rudy Gobert (9) and Joel Embiid (10).

But, as the Raptors soar above the clouds with an eye towards a destination in June it's important for them not to get slowed down by would-be challengers hoping to knock one of the NBA's elite off course momentarily.

Two teams off to hot starts collide Wednesday night when the Toronto Raptors visit the Sacramento Kings.

Before Sunday's game, the Lakers surprisingly didn't have a game where they didn't trail by over 20 points. In making 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts, 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and 81.1 percent of his free throw attempts, he now has one of the best True Shooting Percentages in the entire league.

The offence comes primarily from the one-two punch of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox.

"It's a long season, so we're thinking about the long road".

Outside of their improved talent, head coach Dave Joerger has employed it in a manner that's been bringing success.

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.

It's the most in the league by more than 2.0 assists per game. In seven games, he's averaging 26.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in 34 minutes per game. It was just one of those games where everything that could possibly go right for the Raptors went right.

Zach LaVine tallied 41 points, four rebounds and four assists in the Bulls' 116-115 double-overtime win over the Knicks. At the other end, Green has been good from three on 47.6% of his own attempts and leads the Raptors with 30 in the made department.

Toronto managed to rack off two straight wins last season, but prior to that, over the span of two seasons, Toronto lost four straight.

Before acquiring Leonard from the Spurs over the summer, the Raptors swept the season series from the Kings previous year.



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