It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for the Kings after an absolutely abysmal two game showing against the Rockets in which they lost by a combined 43 points, but losing tonight at home against the Trail Blazers might do it. The Kings only had one four game losing streak so far in the Mike Brown era and that was when they started last season 0-4. It’s time to stop the streak and get back on the right track, even with De’Aaron Fox continuing to miss time with his sprained ankle. Tonight will feature Sacramento playing another young team in the Portland Trail Blazers and hopefully some home cooking can right the ship.
Let’s talk Kings basketball!
When: Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140
Three in the Key
The Kings have pretty much stuck with their lineup of having Davion Mitchell start in De’Aaron Fox’s place over these last three games but I would move that it’s about time that Malik Monk got the start over Mitchell. Mitchell is an excellent individual defender but he hasn’t done a good job of getting the Kings into their offense and both games against the Rockets saw the Kings get off to slow starts that careened out of control. Monk is much better at pushing the pace and should also open things up for the other starters.
Calling on our other All-Star
Another disappointment during this three game losing streak has been the relative absence of Domantas Sabonis. Sabonis is a very unselfish player and more of his time and effort is spent trying to make plays for others than himself, but with Fox out, the Kings need him to step up and take control. There’s no excuse for him only taking four shots in game he plays 30 minutes like he did on Monday night. JaVale McGee took more shots in only 10 minutes of time. Sabonis needs to step up and take more of a primary scoring role with Fox out.
One of the issues with Sacramento’s defense has been a tendency to foul so far. The Kings are having difficulty playing physical without fouling ,and it’s resulting in even more rotational funkiness with key players already out. Last game saw the Kings have three players (Domantas Sabonis, Keegan Murray and Malik Monk) all have three fouls at halftime. Partly as a result of that, the Rockets had 22 free throw attempts in the first half compared to just 4 for Sacramento. It’s hard to make up deficits giving opponents a chance to get comfortable at the line.
Well sticking to the plan of predicting wins isn’t working lately so let’s go the opposite route and say that Shaedon Sharpe will score 50 points and DeAndre Ayton will have the first pentuple-double in NBA history.
Trail Blazers 199, Kings 14