Sunday’s game will be the Raptors’ second last at the ACC before Christmas. Toronto fans hope their team can give them an early present with a blowout victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Sacramento Kings take on the Toronto Raptors in this week’s NBA Sundays game for what will be the last primetime NBA game to be broadcast in the UK before the traditional NBA Christmas Day games.
Jackson and Labissiere look like solid pieces moving forward, and Serbian guard Bogdanovic, a first-round pick in 2014 who spent an additional three seasons playing overseas, has been a very nice surprise, averaging nearly 10 points per game.
Once the franchise decided to move on from the talented and mercurial three-time All-Star, it meant the Kings were taking more of a long-term view of success, building around the likes of Buddy Hield, De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Frank Mason and Skal Labissiere.
NBA head coaches like to use the regular season as science lab where they can perform experiments to familiarize themselves with their players. The thinking goes – there are 82 games in the season, best to figure out as much as possible about the team and lineup combinations before the start of the playoffs.