Raptors at Kings, game-day Dino-bytes
TORONTO (4-14) at SACRAMENTO (4-12)
Sleep Train Arena
TIPOFF: 10 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet One; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Mickael Pietrus, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciuinas; Sacramento: Aaron Brooks, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Jason Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins.
Key backups tonight
Toronto: Jose Calderon (coming off a so-so game in Denver), Ed Davis (will need to be physical on defence); Sacramento: Jimmer Fredette (coming off 0-6 night), Isaiah Thomas (tiny backup PG can create havoc).
First meeting this season, Raptors are a miserable 2-13 all time in Sacramento. Teams didn’t play in Sacramento in lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
What happened this morning
Not an awful lot, actually.
Was one of those mornings where nothing new had happened since the last time we saw them so it was more gathering stuff for early stories tonight.
The only thing remotely interesting thing is that Alan Anderson has started doing some work on the court. He’s not ready to go at all but he’s closer to resuming on-court activities.
And that’s a good thing because they’ll need another small forward, Linas Kleiza has a bit of a strain in his hip and won’t go tonight. No one’s putting a timetable on a return, though.
Oh, and Mickael Pietrus, the only legit small forward healthy, gets his second start.
Resistable force, meet movable object
This is not game of the giants. The Kings have lost nine of their last 11, Toronto’s dropped seven of the last eight. And with Sacramento averaging only about 12,000 fans – over 5,000 short of capacity – don’t imagine they’ll be filling the seats this evening. Sacramento does have home wins over the Lakers and Utah, though.
Don’t look for passing
The Kings are dead last in the NBA in assists per game – averaging about 18 per game.
“They’re 30th in the league in assists so usually your man, when he has the ball is going to try to score,” said Toronto coach Dwane Casey.
Ran into Dick Bavetta at the hotel here when we were checking in so he’s one of tonight’s officials. The others are Kevin Fehr and Ken Mauer, for what it’s worth.
What’s in a name?
The arena here is now known as the Sleep Train Arena, making your own jokes at that one.
It used to be the Arco Arena and for a while it was the HP Pavilion, neither of which inspired the mockery and snide remarks that Sleep Train does.
And it's so new, they still haven't got the signage all done.