Raptors improve to 11-1 in Kawhi's return from injury

Annette Crawford
November 11, 2018

The Kings will get a big boost, though, as guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is set to make his season debut following an offseason procedure to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee.

With that in mind, here are five takeaways from the Toronto's 114-105 win over Sacramento.

The Raptors pulled away against the Kings despite 23 turnovers.

On Wednesday night, they return home looking to get back in the win column. In the half court, Sacramento double teamed and crowded Kawhi Leonard's space. The Raptors are undefeated with Leonard in the lineup with a 12-point average margin of victory in those eight games, but Leonard believes there's another level this team can get to especially since he doesn't even have a full grasp of Nick Nurse's offence. Leonard also had a 3-pointer that put the Raptors up 49-40. While other teams in the league may not have the personnel to pressure the ball as the Kings did, the Raptors are sure to see much more pressure moving forward.

Leonard has missed the last two games after leaving Friday's matchup with the Phoenix Suns late in the game with an apparent ankle injury.

"I told them we did one rebounding drill today at shootaround and look what happened", Nurse said. Willie Cauley-Stein, the sixth pick in 2015, is proving to be a late-bloomer and continued his strong season with 24 points, while Buddy Hield, acquired from New Orleans in the DeMarcus Cousins trade, scored 24 of his own and is in the middle of a massive breakout campaign. Like most young teams, mistakes are to be expected, but this team makes up for plenty of its mistakes by simply playing hard. The Kings will continue to catch teams off guard this year and will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come. Lowry doing so by having the 3rd highest assist ratio for players who play more than 20 minutes per game. Once again, Lowry was outstanding; he shot 8-19 from the field while scoring 21 points, pulling down six boards and kicking out a game-high 15 assists. "They sent lots of bodies to him, which was good for us to see". Siakam scored 13 points in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting.

Siakam provided a number of problems for the Kings' defence in the win, pushing the ball in transition, using his patented spin move to get to the rim and draw contact - he was a flawless 5-for-5 from the line for the night.

The two-time All-Star scored 10 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third, including a soaring, one-handed dunk through traffic.

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