Takeaway #1: Rebounding
The Kings had a poor night rebounding the ball. The purple and white were only able to grab 31 rebounds compared to the Raptors who were able to record 53 rebounds for the game. The Kings also lost the offensive rebounding battle as they only had six as a collective group compared to the Raptors’ 13.
With the Raptors dominating the boards tonight, it gave them more opportunities to score and took away precious offensive possessions from the Kings. Definitely, a huge reason why Toronto is leaving the Golden 1 Center with a victory.
Takeaway #2: Foul Trouble
The sound of whistles was definitely filling up the Golden 1 Center tonight. For the game, both teams combined for a total of 46 personal fouls in which the Kings recorded 26 of them. Foul trouble was definitely a killer for the purple and white as some of their fouls killed their momentum and gave the Raptors more possessions on the offensive end.
Takeaway #3: These Are Not Your Typical Kangz
Although the Kings lost tonight, they are a different squad compared to their teams in the past. Even though the Raptors maintained the lead for most of the game, the Kings never gave up. They continued to fight back to make sure that the game was competitive for the full 48 minutes, which is an encouraging sign that their fans should take from this game.
If tonight displayed a Kings teams from the past, this game might have been a blowout during the third quarter. But instead, the city of Sacramento now has a basketball team that is young, energetic, and tenacious. The Kings are not an easy win anymore.