Bargnani plays center like Hawes only without the rebounds and assists. He takes half of his shots from outside 10ft and might be more accurate away from the rim. Reggie Evans at 6-8 is an unbelievable rebounder, averaging 15 per game thru the first 2 games, but can't score a point to save his soul even when averaging 4.5 offensive rebounds per game.
Linas Kleiza, who is their starting SF and 2nd leading scorer, is returning to the NBA after playing last year in Greece (played 3 yrs in Denver prior to that). Toronto’s backcourt is strong with DeRosen, Jack, Calderon, and Barbosa, although Calderon is more likely to give you 10 assists then 10 pts.
Toronto is only shooting 30% from 3’s (9-30), with the majority of the damage coming from Bargnani, Kleiza and Barbosa. Where they could do some damage is at the FT line where they are shooting 83%, and appear to be good across the whole roster. So, fouling needs to be kept to a minimum, and fouling at the end of close games doesn’t look to be a favorable strategy.
With Dalembert playing at least 16mpg, the question isn’t whether or not we can win the rebounding battle, but by how many. And, that’s going to depend on whom if anyone can keep Evans off the boards. We’ve made some above average guards look like All-Stars so far, but I think we can play off these guys and not get burned too badly.
Offensively were still not there yet, but with Tyreke healthy, and Cisco & Omri hitting the outside shots, ‘not there’ should be good enough. At the start of the season I felt that the Kings should dominate the series against 4 Eastern conference teams, and this is one of the four. I’ll be in section 111 row J with the Mrs. wearing our road jerseys, so stop by and give us a shout out. It’s going to be a great time especially with the Kings going to 3-1 for the season.