The Sacramento Kings remain in the Twin Cities for their second round of dog catcher duty against a wounded Wolves team that’s packing a pretty hefty bite. After their listless loss at the hands of the Wolves on Saturday night, the Kings are in danger of dropping three straight games for… checking here… wow for only the third time this season. Can the Kangz regain their conquering ways to defeat Ant-Man? Will Sacramento be able to hold D’Angelo Russell to less than seven three pointers in the first half? Hell, will Sacramento be able to hold Edwards to less than 26 points in the second half?!
Let’s talk Kings basketball!
When: Monday, January 30th, 5:00 PM PT
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140
For Your Consideration
Minny Hands Make Light Work: That Saturday night game was an absolute bummer. We know that Minny was on the second night of a back-to-back, and with this being their third-in-four-nights, maybe we can hope for some tired legs this time around, but good god, the Kings looked like room temperature mayo out there. I praised Harrison Barnes a few games ago for upping his ante after a rough start to the season, and the man immediately goes 1-7 for 13 points on Saturday. Everyone’s got rough games and I’m certainly not going to trash the man for a bad night that all professionals have but… timing could have been better! Huerter, 4-12, Murray, 3-8, Fox, 10-24 with 8-18 and 1-6 from three being the BETTER of his two halves. Up and down the roster, just off-nights. Woof. We can withdraw this game in the memory bank and send it straight into the void.
Obviously the keys to tonight’s game are pretty damn simple, in that Sacramento can’t allow Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell to vastly out perform their offensive averages. Edwards is one thing – he’s a budding star, testing the limits of what his talents can get him. He’s a borderline All-Star this year that I won’t be surprised if a decade from now he’s got 10 appearance in the game. Getting 34-10-6 is an eventuality that might end up becoming a pretty common feature in years to come. With two games in a row against him, I can hand wave away him getting one on the Kings. Russell on the other hand, didn’t just have a good first half, he had himself a perfect first half – eight attempts and eight makes, seven from distance. He set the tone, killed any runs the Kings started to stir up and general, kept a worse team’s head above water until Anthony Edwards could step up. The Kings Killer was entirely unbothered by what the Kings threw at him, like kids pelting a tank with snowballs. Hold him to his averages and the Kings win that game. Now, that being said, all credit to the Kings in the second half for their defense on him, or to whatever drama D-Lo had wiggle into his brain at halftime, because he was just non-existent in the last 24 minutes of the game. That gave way to the Ant-Man show, but… I can give a little credit to individual defense in this case.
The Naz Reid Show, the nice little second half from Jaden McDaniels, all of that comes in the course of an NBA game and I have full confidence in the Kings recovering from little pops of scoring from role players. Was the bench good last game? No, they certainly share a bit of the blame, even if they’ve trended down now for awhile. Monk was finally back to himself a bit so props for that. But, the Kings can, again, recover from a weak performance from the bench, as well. Swapping 23 points from one player in the first half with 26 points in the second half from another keeps things closer than they should be and puts games out of reach. Not a fun start to the road trip, but redemption is at hand. Here’s to a little spark this time around.
A dog fight that drags into the fourth quarter with no one able to separate themselves. Fox goes cold in the fourth but Keegan Murray hits a couple of big time shots of Sabonis rebound-and-kicks and the Kings survive a frigid trip up north.
Kings: 114, Wolves: 109