The Sacramento Kings are finally home after a difficult 6-game Eastern conference road trip. Despite facing a difficult run of opponents, a lengthy road trip, and a back-to-back thrown into the middle of it all, the Kings managed to emerge with a 3-3 record. I call that a win.
The Kings now enter a 6-game homestand, and have 11 of their next 13 games at home. If the Kings just escaped the hard part of their schedule, they’re now entering what appears to be an easier stretch. Not to suggest it will all be easy, and in the NBA you can never take a win for granted, but if the Kings are for real (and the evidence continues to suggest they are), this is a stretch where a good team takes care of business and pads their record a bit.
It starts tonight against the Charlotte Hornets. Let’s talk Kings basketball!
When: Monday, December 19th, 7:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140
For Your Consideration
Not of a Hive Mind: The Hornets enter this game with a miserable 7-23 record, and are on the second night of a back-to-back, having played the Denver Nuggets last night in a game that ended up surprisingly close. Despite the record, despite the circumstances, the Hornets do have some talented players on their roster. LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, PJ Washington, Mason Plumlee, Terry Rozier, Kelly Oubre Jr, Jalen McDaniels…this isn’t a team that lacks talent. What they do lack is cohesion and defense. Hornets head coach (and former Kings head coach candidate) Steve Clifford recently went off on his team’s lack of defensive effort:
Steve Clifford whew
— Israel (@iohandles) December 15, 2022
The Hornets are like the worst-case version of what people thought the Kings could be this season, they’re a good offensive team that can’t stop anyone. The Kings still aren’t a defensive juggernaut by any means, and they’ll have their hands full trying to slow down Charlotte’s scoring, but the Kings have shown us that they have the ability to play defense and buckle down when it matters.
Mike Brown calls a timeout in the first 90 seconds of a quarter. Steve Clifford quits mid-game, throws on a black polo and tries to sit down with the Kings bench and hopes nobody notices. Band-aid Fox scores 35.
Kings 129 – Hornets 119