Pascal Siakam and the Raptors shut down the Kings offense

The Raptors, who have been very worried about their base this season, scored a convincing victory (95-113) in the West’s third-best structure, which remains with seven wins in eight games. So, the Canadiens best begin their journey of subtlety (Warriors, Blazers, Suns, Jazz…), which will lead them to the “trade deadline” that is announced to be eventful for them.

We imagine this kind of performance is enough to dissuade Masai Ujiri from pressing the transfer button. This workforce of both tall and physical players has created problems for Domantas Sabonis and his group. After holding off a shocker at halftime (50-58), Sacramento exploded in the third, clashing with opposing defenses and unable to find a solution to slow down Pascal Siakam.

Despite Mike Brown’s repeated interceptions, the gap widened to 20 points (62-82) before the locals really had a chance to rouse the crowd at Golden 1 Center. The trio of De’Aaron Fox – Kevin Huerter – Keegan Murray worked hard to restore the right tempo, reducing the lead to 14 points, the Raptors remained in control until the end.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

Lowest offense of the year. Averaging 118.5 points per 100 possessions, the Kings had the most effective offense in the league going into this game. That average will drop slightly because of those 95 points scored, their lowest total of the season. “Kings”, who failed to reach 100 points for the second time this season, scored 48% of goals. But the 19 balls they lost weighed on them.

Toronto’s defensive level. This is of course the main explanation in the previous paragraph. The Canadians offered a physical and compact defense that disrupted the Californians’ usual fluidity and passing game. It was enough to tear Mike Brown’s hair out (he doesn’t have one) at the end of a timeout when he saw his team’s poor execution of their systems. It’s important to remember that this season, blame the Raptors’ good rotation and active hands, who have had the most possessions in the league this season (over 9).

TOPS/FLOPS

Pascal Siakam. Not exactly reliable at the 3-point, the power winger was more effective playing in or near the key. His surge in the third quarter directly impacted the Raptors’ momentum.

✅ Dear Achiuwa. Like Chris Boucher, he brought a lot of energy off the Canadian bench, especially in the second quarter. And he did a great job in the fourth quarter, where activity near the rim punished the Kings as they tried to come back to score.

Domantas Sabonis. He didn’t end up with the worst +/- ratio on his team (-30 for De’Aaron Fox!), but the Lithuanian was certainly the main victim of this Canadian defense. He had a hard time taking care of the ball, especially because he was embarrassed by OG Anunoby. Witness him… 9 turnovers, as much as Toronto, after his previous game with 8 “turnovers” against the Grizzlies. His streak of 22 double-doubles has also ended.

NEXT

Kings (27-20) : Travel to Wolves on Saturday.

Raptors (22-27) : Travel to the Warriors on Friday.

Sacramento / 95 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
D. Sabonis 35 4/9 1/1 0/0 2 6 8 4 3 3 9 0 -11 9 10
H. Barnes 30 3/7 1/4 3/4 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 -23 10 7
K. Murray 33 6/10 4/7 0/0 0 3 3 4 2 0 0 0 -11 16 19
D. Fox 30 7/12 1/2 1/1 1 3 4 8 4 0 4 0 -30 16 19
K. Huerter 32 8/12 5/9 0/0 0 4 4 4 1 1 2 1 -10 21 25
T. Lyles 23 1/5 0/3 4/4 0 5 5 5 1 1 0 1 -14 6 14
C. Metu 16 1/5 0/1 0/0 1 4 5 1 1 1 0 0 +8 2 5
R. Holmes 3 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 4 4
D. Mitchell 18 2/5 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 +12 4 1
Mr. Monk 20 2/7 1/3 2/2 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 -6 7 4
35/73 13/32 12/13 4 30 34 29 12 6 19 2 95 108
Toronto / 113 Shots It bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF He D T p.d party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
P. Siakam 35 11/24 2/8 2/2 4 7 11 7 1 2 1 2 +15 26 34
OG Anunoby 31 4/9 3/6 0/0 0 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 +24 11 13
S. Barnes 38 3/8 0/2 1/2 2 4 6 11 4 2 1 0 +22 7 19
F. VanVleet 38 7/16 2/9 1/1 0 4 4 5 2 4 2 2 +20 17 21
G. Trent Jr. 36 7/15 2/6 0/0 1 4 5 3 3 1 1 0 +13 16 16
C. Boucher 22 7/11 2/4 0/0 2 4 6 0 2 1 0 3 -3 16 22
J. Hernangomez 12 0/2 0/2 1/2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 -4 1 0
P. Achiuwa 28 9/12 1/3 0/0 1 4 5 0 3 0 3 0 +3 19 18
48/97 12/40 5/7 11 30 41 29 17 12 9 8 113 143

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