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The Toronto Raptors look for a second straight win to open the preseason in a rematch with the Sacramento Kings at the Sleep Train Arena in California tonight. DJ Chark Jersey . Coming off a 99-94 victory over the Kings Sunday in Vancouver to open an eight-game exhibition slate, the Raptors want to hit their stride early while shaking off a little rust before the regular season. Terrence Ross (knee) and Patrick Patterson (hand) will both be held out of tonights game as a precaution. Neither injury is believed to be serious. We still have a lot of work to do on the defensive end, head coach Dwane Casey said after Sundays win. Whether we win, lose or draw is not important in these types of games, but what is very important is our defensive approach and I thought we didnt do it. On the offensive side of the ball, the Raptors opened the preseason with a collaborative effort as all-star DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points in 21 minutes, third-year centre Jonas Valanciunas and newcomer Lou Williams added 12 each and Ross and Tyler Hansbrough chipped in 11 points apiece as well. Hansbrough even shocked the crowd with a corner three-pointer, affectionaly known in Raptors land as the summer three, in the fourth quarter. Im definitely not a three-point shooter, Hansbrough said. I worked with a shooting coach (Mike Hollis in North Carolina) all summer. It was almost like we changed a lot of what I was doing. A lot of it is just having confidence to be able to do it. And while Casey may be right about his teams defensive performance, theres no denying the Raptors are feeling confident well before the start of meaningful games. After a night in Sacramento, the Raptors come home to Toronto to face the Boston Celtics on Friday and will open the regular season on Oct. 29 against the Atlanta Hawks. Jaguars Jerseys . Andrew Luck couldnt believe his ears. Colts fans couldnt believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldnt believe their incredibly bad luck. Taven Bryan Jaguars Jersey .com) - Nate Buss 3-pointer with 5. . - Playing a road game against a division rival raises the intensity for linebacker Clay Matthews.Just over a week until the start of the season, its almost impossible to get a feel for how the Ottawa Senators will look. This is probably tied into the fact that their expected results and actual results have been all over the place over the last three years - the first two with Ottawa handily beating low expectations and the Senators woefully underperforming lofty dark horse talk last season. The general consensus for this season is that the team will struggle to beat last years 88-point total, primarily due to the fact that replacement options for Jason Spezza seem limited. Two of the three pieces in the trade that moved Spezza to Dallas will not play in the NHL this season, while the third - Alex Chiasson - is penciled in as a second/third-line winger. The franchise knows the difficulty of replacing such a prominent scorer, but believes theyll be a better team down the road after the three-for-one swap. Though the team was guarded in talking about Spezzas departure, I found it interesting how the team was using him last season. Despite being the face of the franchise and the highest-paid player on the team, head coach Paul MacLean deployed Spezza as the teams second-line centre. And he did this frequently. The emergence of Kyle Turris as a bona fide top-six pivot certainly helped things along, but it was fascinating to see the paradigm quietly shift during last season. Take, for example, a comparison of Turris and Spezzas teammates last year. Intuitively, first-line centres should enjoy more talented teammates - the trio earning decisive ice-time and, by virtue of deployment, facing tougher waves of competition. That said, Ive compiled quality of teammate numbers (based on ice time) for each centre and graphed it (first graph) using a 10-game rolling average. The higher the number, the better the teammate (Turris in blue, Spezza in red). If you watched a lot of Ottawa last season, the fact that Turris saw a better assortment of teammates than Spezza shouldnt be surprising. Turris played 75 per cent of his minutes with Clarke MacArthur, 66 per cent of his minutes with Bobby Ryan, and about 50 per cent of his minutes with Erik Karlsson. On the other hand, the only other regular forward Jason Spezza pllayed with was the older Milan Michalek - Spezza played about 69 per cent of his minutes with the aging winger. Custom Jaguars Jerseys. As for the brief inversion of the teammate quality in the above graph, it can be explained in two words: Ales Hemsky. Ottawa acquired Hemsky at the deadline and put him on Spezzas wing, and the two made beautiful magic in their brief time together. That brief stretch aside, it was clear Spezza was getting second-rate forwards, at least relative to the younger Turris. We know how Paul MacLean assembled the lineup. But, how did other teams react to Paul MacLeans lineup assembly? Lets focus on the quality of competition each center faced on the left graph, again in rolling 10-game averages. The second graph (Turris in blue, Spezza in red) is best captured in one statement. Teams viewed the MacArthur-Turris-Ryan line as Ottawas biggest threat. Spezzas line generally saw weaker competition than Turris line and it would seem rather clear that part of it was due to the fact that Turris was surrounded by better wingers. Spezza, less so. This also makes sense if you consider that, after the Senators acquired Ales Hemsky, Spezzas line started to see a comparable or tougher wave of relative competition. Ultimately, replacing Spezzas production - his 2.22 points/60 was good for 25th in the league last year, a very respectable number - will prove difficult in the short-term for MacLean. But I think part of solving this issue is properly isolating the question. Ottawas going to need massive efforts from centres Mika Zibanejad, David Legwand, and Zack Smith this year as they attempt to mitigate the loss of Spezza and his 18-plus minutes from their lineup. The trickle-down effect is real and seeing if those who are replacing Spezzas minutes - especially the young Zibanejad - will be game to handle an increased workload is going to be one of the coaching staffs biggest challenges. Theres also the massive absence on the power play, where Spezzas magical playmaking ability and corresponding ice-time will be sorely missed. One question that doesnt need to be answered, though, is how to replace the loss of a first-line centre. Ottawa subtly answered that question one season ago. China NFL Jerseys White Cheap NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys 2019 Youth NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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