The Sacramento Kings will take on the red-hot Phoenix Suns on Monday evening, looking to redeem themselves after their disastrous post-Thanksgiving performance against the Boston Celtics last week. Unfortunately for Sacramento, Phoenix may be an even more complete team than Boston, even though they’re missing Chris Paul, Cam Johnson, and Jae Crowder, as they’re the third-best offensive and the fifth-best defensive team in the NBA. The Kings will need to play at a top-notch level for all four quarters if they hope to prevent their second three-game slide of the season.
Let’s talk Kings basketball!
When: Monday, November 28th, 7:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140
For Your Consideration
Can (t)he(y) play small forward: If the Kings want to pull off an upset victory tonight, they’re going to need big games from all of their starters, something that hasn’t occurred in quite some time, especially in the forward realm. Mikal Bridges, one of the most versatile perimeter defenders in the NBA, may get the assignment for Kevin Huerter or Harrison Barnes, and if it’s either one of those, Keegan Murray is going to have to step up. The rook simply has to more aggressive in his shot-taking and shot-making. The Kings can’t afford to battle 4-on-5 on offense against one of the league’s most effective defenses.
Defend or lose: During their seven-game win streak, the Kings developed a habit of play-no-defense-until-we-need-it-in-the-last-six-minutes-of-the-fourth-quarter, but that kind of approach won’t work against Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Cam Payne, and Deandre Ayton. They’re too good. The Suns are going to score. The Suns are going to defend. The Kings are going to score, but will they defend? It’s going to take four quarters of two-way basketball to secure a win for a Kings team that has quite the tough schedule (Pacers, Clippers, Bulls, Bucks, Cavaliers) in the near future.
The Kings double-team Devin Booker for one possession, causing him to throw a fit, get T’d up twice, and ejected, and the Kings win on a Kevin Huerter buzzer-beater, who scores a career-high 41 points. After the game, the Kings light the beam and Huerter attributes his level of play to the slice of yogurt pie (okay, it was two) he enjoyed pre-game.
Kings 125 – Suns 124