Lakers' issues continue with blowout loss at home to Raptors

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Heading into Sunday night's game against the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers were coming off of a solid win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Kings are 2-1 at home and 4-3 on the road.

Shooting guard Buddy Hield, in his fourth National Basketball Association season, now is finally starting to look like the superstar who lit it up at Oklahoma and turn himself into a sixth-overall selection in 2016. Kings have better percentages both in field goals (49.67% to 49.25%) and in 3-pointers (39.85% to 35.05%).

The offence comes primarily from the one-two punch of Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox. You don't put too much into it.

But that didn't matter much with the Jazz only shooting 45 per cent from the field and eight per cent from three; Toronto's 26-for-41 from the field and 8-for-17 from behind the arc kept the team in business as they struggled to find a defensive rhythm.

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 previous year and let go by Louisville, was in Salt Lake City to visit a number of former players. The Raptors can't afford to ignore these two Wednesday night.

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A lot's been made about the pace that the Raptors play at that's led to the hot offensive start they've gotten out to.

Toronto Raptors have a 10-1 record (6-5 against the spread) so far this season and now sit in the first place of the East. Ibaka has reached double digits in points in 10 straight games, before fouling out at the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter. The Raptors are comfortable in a track meet as they average 20.1 fastbreak points per, but they'd likely be better served keeping things a tad slower than the Kings would prefer. The Raptors get them just back from a four-game East Coast swing that saw them pick up wins in Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta before getting shellacked in Milwaukee in the final game of the trip.

You know the Raptors, a team that LeBron has owned in the past. Toronto had a good bench last season as well.

Though some of LeBron's average numbers are down from his last season in Cleveland, they are not necessarily down from his career averages.

Not because of lingering soreness from the right quadriceps injury that plagued him last season, according to Leonard and Toronto coach Nick Nurse, but because they're looking longer-term.

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