Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Raptors continue hot start, top Jazz without Leonard

Panic time? No? Welcome to basketball purgatory home of the Suns Panic time? No? Welcome to basketball purgatory home of the Suns
Cassandra Gardner | 08 November, 2018, 03:10

It was the big hole in the first quarter that simply became too much for the Lakers to overcome for the rest of the game as Raptors were able to stay comfortably ahead to grab their ninth win in the first 10 games played.

Here's why the Raptors shouldn't sleep on the Kings and try to finish off what has been a very successful mini west coast road swing strong. As a team, the Kings are shooting a second-best in the National Basketball Association 39.9% from behind the arc which will clearly be Toronto's defensive focus tonight.

More impressive than Hield, however, has been the massive leap second-year point guard De'Aaron Fox has taken.

Rick Pitino, who had great on-court success at the collegiate level and also coached in the NBA but was implicated in college basketball's "pay for play" scandal a year ago and let go by Louisville, was in Salt Lake City to visit a number of former players. 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.

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

Jamal Murray scored a career-high 48 points in the Nuggets' 115-107 victory over the Celtics.

Godolphin runner Cross Counter wins 2018 Melbourne Cup
The Melbourne Cup was again been marred by the death of a horse on Tuesday, this time the Irish-trained The Cliffsofmoher . While several races were pushed back at the start of the day, the event was able to catch up towards the end of the day.


Schroder finished with a season-high 22 points off the bench as the Thunder extended their winning streak to five after losing the season's first four games.

It's the most in the league by more than 2.0 assists per game. Ibaka got them by repeatedly feasting on the Lakers' porous interior defense. There's games like this in an 82-game season where you just don't have it.

He has scored in double figures 11 straight times against the Kings.

The Raptors on the other hand are shooting 35.1 per cent from outside and 49.2 per cent from the field. While that number is unsustainable, it might not drop much between now and April considering he made 50.2 percent of those attempts in 80 games last season. They obviously need Leonard to have any hopes of competing this season, but Lowry's ability to run the show without him in the regular season means the coaching staff can focus on keeping Leonard as fresh as possible for a potential NBA Finals run.

The last time the Jazz lost four in a row at home was in the 2013-14 season when they went 25-57.

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