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SACRAMENTO - Some say that living well is the best revenge. At least four players on the Raptors roster subscribe to that philosophy. When Torontos Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes return to Sacramentos Sleep Train Arena Wednesday, theyll be feeling a lot better about themselves than when they were last in the building, when they called it home. Its been nearly two full months since that fateful night in Los Angeles when a seven-player trade shook the foundation of the Raptors franchise. As reports began to circulate hours before tip-off, the timing of the deal caught everyone off guard. In exchange for the bloated contract and modest production of Rudy Gay - along with Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray - Toronto took back four veteran wild cards. Each of the four had experienced some level of individual success in the league. Vasquez and Patterson - the youngest of the four - were both coming off career seasons, one in New Orleans, the other in Houston. Hayes - a nine-year vet - had been a starter with the Rockets and Salmons, now in his 12th season, was a key contributor to playoff teams in Chicago and Milwaukee. At 34 and 30 respectfully, Salmons and Hayes immediately became the elder statesmen on a young Raptors squad. Each of them had started in at least one of Sacramentos first 18 games. They were rotation players for a team that was 5-13 at the time of the trade. "Coming from here in Sacramento, things werent that great," Salmons said, candidly reflecting back on the trade after wrapping up practice in the Kings gym Tuesday. "So when we got the opportunity to come here we just wanted to take advantage of it. Losings not fun and this team had a chance to make a run at the playoffs." Without Gay, who was shooting 39 per cent and hoisting just under 19 shots per game, most anticipated there would be at least some addition by subtraction but no one - even internally - knew what to expect from the incoming Kings players. Likewise, they didnt know what to expect from a Raptors team that had a 6-12 record prior to that game in LA on Dec. 8. "I mean you hear stuff about other teams, but the only thing you really know is their record," Salmons added. "You know their record, you know their roster but you dont know the whole story. So coming in all we saw was the record, we didnt know that the locker room was full of good guys." Toronto has gone 19-10 since the trade was made official, 19-9 since the acquired players made their Raptor debuts, good for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference over that stretch. Not only did the trade improve the Raptors bench, it made their bench. On most nights, Dwane Casey has settled into a strict nine-man rotation, using the four ex-Kings as his primary reserves. Torontos bench combined for 35 points on 52 per cent shooting in Mondays win over the Jazz. They have scored 30 or more in three of the last five contests and are averaging 26.6 points since the trade. Casey has entrusted them to be on the floor in key situations. Quite frankly, theyve earned it. "I feel like we got four veteran, solid players that really helped us in a lot of different ways and gave us some toughness off the bench," the Raptors coach said. "Right now, obviously [Toronto is] playing at a very high level," said Kings coach Mike Malone. "I think all four of our guys are helping them at different points." The newcomers have each put their stamp on the teams run. Often the first player off the bench, Patterson is logging fewer minutes than he was in Sacramento, yet averaging three more points per game, contributing nearly 10 as a Raptor. Hayes has carved out a niche as a reliable, savvy and hardworking stopper and rebounder. Salmons, a two-way player, has become Torontos third ball handler. Of the four, Vasquez is the only one who has seen his scoring average dip since coming to the Raptors. Still, hes not complaining. "Im in a different situation right now and Im pretty happy," said Vasquez, who has stepped in as a reliable backup to Kyle Lowry, something the team was desperately searching for early in the season. "I think winning really makes everything so much better. Id rather be in a winning program right now than going through a tough time [in Sacramento]." You would have to be naive to think that Wednesdays return to Sacramento is just another game for those four. The Kings are 11-19 since sending them to Toronto and the statement theyre hoping to make has more to do with their collective success than individual performances. "You always look forward to playing the team that traded you," said Vasquez, averaging seven points and four assists with the Raptors. "More than that its about winning. At the end of the day, whether I play well, whether I dont play well, I just want to go back to Sacramento with a win." Vasquez was only with the Kings for a couple months to begin the season. For Salmons, his connection with the Sacramento franchise goes back seven years. In 2006, the Philadelphia-native pulled out of a deal with the Raptors to sign in Sacramento. After being moved to the Bulls, then to the Bucks, Salmons eventually found his way back to the Kings but became expendable when new ownership decided to take the team in a different direction. The trade to Toronto was Salmons fifth since being drafted out of Miami in 2002 but he took this one more personally than the others. He felt slighted by an organization that he had spent most of his career playing for. "When I got traded I had mixed feelings, strong mixed feelings," he admitted. "Im not going to say I was totally mad at the [Kings] organization it was just, I dont know, it was just a little tougher this time." Now, as he and his teammates get set to make their much-anticipated return, that animosity is water under the bridge, more or less. Salmons, like the other three, is sincerely happy to be a Raptor. Winning is the best medicine. "Guys enjoy winning," said Salmons. "Theres the old saying, winning cures everything so the more we win the more people want to sacrifice to continue winning." Jan Vertonghen Belgium Jersey .J. Barea during a three-game shooting slump that was getting him booed off his home court with regularity. Thorgan Hazard Belgium Jersey . "I wouldnt read anything into what happened Saturday at Torrey Pines," Woods said Tuesday after an 18-hole exhibition for past winners of the Dubai Desert Classic. ... ersey/.com) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to win two straight games for the first time since mid-January on Monday night as they play host to the struggling New York Islanders. Axel Witsel Belgium Jersey . The club says Fridays surgery was successful. Holiday, a former Eastern Conference All-Star acquired from Philadelphia last summer, has not played because of the shin injury since Jan. Leander Dendoncker Jersey . -- Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.Fernando Alonso finished more than 1.5s clear of his nearest challenger on an encouraging first day of in-season testing for McLaren at Silverstone. The Spaniard, who failed to score a point at the British GP despite the MP4-31s upgrades, set a 1:31.290 in the morning session before a downpour during the lunchtime break had teams ducking for cover in the pits.The pace was so impressive that Alonsos benchmark would have earned him sixth on the grid had he set it in Q3 last weekend. However, it was set on the supersoft tyre, a compound which wasnt then available to drivers. Leading the chasing pack was Mercedes youngster Esteban Ocon, who stuck to the medium compound for the entire morning and completed 80 laps, eventually adding 43 on a wet afternoon to rack up the most of the day.Alex Lynn enjoyed another test for Williams in third while current GP3 leader Charles Leclerc, fresh from his F1 debut in practice for Haas, finished fourth for Ferrari. Their times, however, were some three seconds shy of Alonsos best effort. See Red Bull test their newest safety device during mid-season testing at Silverstone Race regulars Carlos Sainz and Rio Haryanto finished sixth and ninth for Toro Rosso and Manor respectively while Pascal Wehrlein ran in eighth in the 2014 Mercedes car, testing 2017 tyre components and materials for Pirelli.But by far the most fascinating, if not surprising, story of the day came from Red Bull, who completed an installation lap with the Halo fitted to Pierre Gaslys car at the beginning of the test.Despite pioneering the Aeroscreen concept, Red Bull tested the cockpit protection system - which Ferrari have trialled twice this season, most frequently in last weeks British GP P1 - despite Christian Horners recent criticism of the device.Full story: Red Bull run Halo at SilverstoneThe team principal said he wouldnt be voting the Halo, FIAs preferred head safety mechanism for next season, in for 2017 and that it shouldnt be rushed through. Force India deputy team boss Bob Fernley, speaking to Sky Sports News HQ on Tuesday, agreed with Horner - adding that he thought a driver could get hurt.We need to do a lot more work to understand that the Halo isnt going to create other problems, which I think it will do, he told Craig Slater. I think you could actually create other opportunities for injuries to drivers and therefore its not the right solution.Gasly, meanwhile, said the Halo looked a bit weird and that he believed Formula 1 should stay the way it is. Watch 10 of the 11 teams in action at F1s mid-season testing at Silverstone On slick tyres and in the dry, a flurry of activity at the start of the day saw Ocon, who is testing on both days for Mercedes because of their need to field a young driver, rush to the top of the timesheets.dddddddddddd. But the Frenchman, a reserve driver at Renault this season, was quickly leapfrogged by Fernando Alonso.The 34-year-olds fastest time came during a three-lap stint on the supersoft tyre, with Ocon concentrating on longer medium stints in the W07. Alonso eventually completed 105 laps and was by far the most experienced driver on display. In fact, by taking him out of the equation, the average age of the field was less than 20 years old.Nikita Mazepin, 17, and Santino Ferrucci, 18, helped lower that average age on their F1 debuts for Force India and Haas. Mazepin, a Formula Renault 2.0 driver finished fifth with a 1:34.521, with GP2 competitor Ferruci down in seventh. Sergey Sirotkin of Renault and Gasly propped up the field but the Red Bull youngster was plagued by a wiring problem all morning, only managing nine laps in the dry. When the issue was fixed and the engine was fired up again, the heavy rain had started.The torrential downpour was lengthy, if not as sudden as the shower that saw Sundays race start behind a Safety Car, and few teams ran on the full wet tyre. Conditions slowly improved but the track didnt dry out, while the afternoon session was bizarrely interrupted by a red flag when a piece of wood fell from the lighting gantry above the pit-straight. The two-metre long baton fell to the near-side of the track before being quickly removed - but it was certainly a safety scare.The first day of the second and final in-season test of 2016 finished with limited running on the intermediate tyre - though no one could get close to Alonso. The test concludes on Wednesday, with the green flag at 9am. See the full driver line-up here. Silverstone in-season test, day one1. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:31.290, 105 laps2. Esteban Ocon, Mercedes, 1:32.833, 123 laps3. Alex Lynn, Williams, 1:34.433, 54 laps4. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, 1:34.466, 19 laps5. Nikita Mazepin, Force India, 1:34.521, 35 laps6. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:34.643, 91 laps7. Santino Ferrucci, Haas, 1:34.866, 55 laps8. Pascal Wehrlein, Pirelli test, 1:34.982, 48 laps9. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:35.631, 64 laps10. Sergey Sirotkin, 1:36.575, Renault, 48 laps11. Pierre Gasly, 1:43.891, Red Bull, 50 lapsDont miss Wednesdays F1 Report at 8.30pm as Sky F1s Ted Kravitz and 1981 Silverstone winner John Watson join Marc Priestley to review the British GP and Lewis Hamiltons latest triumph. Also See: Full 2016 calendar and TV times Hamilton riding a wave of form Red Bull run Halo at Silverstone Silverstone test line-up Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Gear Jerseys From China Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys From China ' ' '
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