The Kings (3-2) will host the Memphis Grizzlies (2-4), or, to those of us who reached their prime before 2001, the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Tonight will be the first night that the Kings will start Samuel Dalembert. Rookie DeMarcus Cousins will play his first game off the bench. The Kings definitely need the defensive adjustment: they’re currently giving up 109.2 points per game.
Also playing will be Tyreke Evans, who didn’t participate in any non-contact drills Friday after hurting his ankle (again?!?) Wednesday against the Lakers. Rounding out the lineup will be Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi, and Carl Landry.
The Grizzlies have struggled thus far this season, playing even worse defense than the Kings (allowing 110 points). They’re led by Rudy Gay (26.4 PPG) and Mike Conley (15.8 PPG, 8.8 APG). The Grizzlies also got all-star F Zach Randolph back last night (how he was an all-star baffles me). Contrary to popular belief, Randolph is NOT an extremely tan Bryant Reeves.
The starters for Memphis aren’t the problem. They bench is Memphis’s downfall (along with their horrible defense). The Kings need to make sure they attack and play consistent all night, something they haven’t done all year.
The game is at 7 PM on CSNCA.