:rofl:ILoveTheKings said:he did not hit anybody with the elbow
There was, no question. You don't have to wonder about it.maKINGSofgreatness said:Well, whether there was an elbow or not, it seems it wasn't on TV is Sac-town. I didn't see it. Some Kings were taking expection to hard fouls by Graham and Aruajo early in the game, so I wouldn't be surprised.
"We didn't know that last play was going to Bonzi," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "We were trying to stay home and guard our guys, but I wasn't in their huddle, (so) I didn't know the play was going to Bonzi." Nor did Wells.
"I was like the last option," said Wells, who had 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists and just one turnover. "Coach wanted Mike to look for the screen and roll first, and if you don't get that, you always look to the weak side."
There was nothing weak about Wells down the stretch. He grabbed a jump ball won by Francisco García that led to a Bibby three-pointer and the Kings' first lead in 13 minutes, capping a 12-2 run to put them up 102-100. He corralled a missed Bibby three-point attempt with 32 seconds left, then was fouled and hit both free throws for a 104-102 lead. In all, Wells had six points and four rebounds in the final 5:40.
The Kings played just enough defense in the last half quarter to avoid donating a second win to the struggling Raptors. For most of the evening, a Toronto squad that entered with one win in 12 tries and a 43.2 shooting percentage shot uncontested from most anywhere on the floor.
Brazilian big man Rafael Araujo tied his season high in points (eight) before the second quarter came, finishing with a career-high-tying 14. Point guard Mike James, forward Chris Bosh and Araujo reached double-digit scoring by halftime. The Raptors shot 55.7 percent through three quarters and led 85-82.
"For a while, it looked like (the win) wasn't going to happen," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "They were pretty much doing what they wanted to do."
But the Kings held the Raptors scoreless for nearly five minutes in the fourth, and Toronto hit just 8 of 21 shots in the final period.
"We toughened up a little bit, got some loose balls, got the rebounds," Bibby said.
In the second straight win, it was another all-starters outing for the Kings. García played well for the third straight game in his new starting role. The rookie's ability to stay out of foul trouble was helpful, considering the still-struggling Kings bench produced just 12 points. García had an as-advertised showing, filling up the stat sheet the way he did at Louisville with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Bonzi Wells has some nasty to him, and he denies none of it.
The Kings guard has hustled inside to lead the club in rebounding, and he won't hesitate throwing an elbow into a guy who seconds earlier threw one into him. It happened with 4:37 to go in the third quarter Friday against the Toronto Raptors, when Wells and Rafael Araujo exchanged bumps. For a second, they went nose-to-sweaty nose, with that "You want some of me?" look. Nothing escalated, though both were tagged with a technical foul.
On the disagreement? "I like to disagree with guys," Wells said later, then chuckled. "Sometimes you've got to do things to rally your team.
"(Araujo) was being very aggressive (and threw an elbow). I don't take well to that. I let him know you can't be hitting me like that because I'm going to hit you back. I wanted to get in his face and let him know. He didn't hit me the rest of the game."
Wells relishes his role of banger and scrapper, and he knows his foes understand it.
"They used to read about me," he said of opponents. "Some of that is true. I used to be wild on the court. I'm headstrong. If a guy disrespects me, I go at him, in a good way. We'll be cool tomorrow."
yupmaKINGSofgreatness said:According to the Bee, Hoffa threw an elbow first. But I'm sure Torono's saintly players would never do anything like that, and they were just playing good, clean basketball when Bonzi decided it was time for some people to get elbowed in the face. Guess he got the last laugh when he hit the game winning shot, though.
That article was the first to say it was instigated by Hoff, and in neither this thread nor ours did anyone notice before Bonzi threw the after the whistle shot.maKINGSofgreatness said:According to the Bee, Hoffa threw an elbow first. But I'm sure Torono's saintly players would never do anything like that, and they were just playing good, clean basketball when Bonzi decided it was time for some people to get elbowed in the face. Guess he got the last laugh when he hit the game winning shot, though.