Raptors star to miss second straight game with sore ankle

Tory Lanez

It was simply the first half was too much to overcome for them. Are they serious championship contenders? 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.

Sacramento Kings have a 6-4 record (7-3 against the spread) so far this season and are now tied with the Clippers in the 5place of the West. Nurse has brought in a different philosophy and the Raptors have not skipped a beat. "[The meeting last week with Walton] wasn't even a meeting about that".

Aaron Gordon also scored 26 and added eight rebounds in the Orlando Magic's victory over the San Antonio Spurs. DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl was shipped in that deal from Toronto.

Leonard's absence meant a second consecutive start for OG Anunoby who is finding his legs offensively, but defensively has been right back to form from a year ago.

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Leonard is sitting out for the third time in his first 10 games with the Raptors. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 13.9 PPG and 7.3 RPG so far this season. Of those nine players, only two - J.J. Barea and Frank Mason - have a higher usage rating than Lowry and only one - Justin Holiday - logs as many minutes per game.

Toronto managed to rack off two straight wins last season, but prior to that, over the span of two seasons, Toronto lost four straight.

Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors dunks in front of Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Before Sunday's game, the Lakers surprisingly didn't have a game where they didn't trail by over 20 points.

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Sacramento averaged 123.0 points during a four-game winning streak that ended Sunday in a loss at Milwaukee.

Raptors won both games against the Kings last season (at home by 15 points and on the road by 15 as well). That is what elite teams do. "We going to watch some film and things of that nature".

With the win, Toronto improved 9-1 on the season, good for first place in the Eastern Conference and tied for first in the National Basketball Association with the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. Will see what happens as the season goes on, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals this season if this keeps up. With him in the west now, those dreams could possibly become a reality for them.

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