Sacramento Kings Looking to Close Out Hoemstand on a Good Note


I’m not going to spin it any other way; the Sacramento Kings’ five game homestand has been a disaster. Sure, the Kings are without DeMarcus Cousins, but there is no excuses for the lazy ball handling, and poor defensive play that has become a hallmark of the Kings recently.

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  • The Kings are 1-3 on their five game home stand, dropping a 105-96 decision at the hands of a young Orlando Magic team on Saturday night. With the 5-15 Utah Jazz coming to town tonight, the Kings will get a chance to close their five game homestand on a winning note.

    With Cousins unavailable again tonight, the Kings other bigs are going to have to step up to the plate and deliver big games, namely Jason Thompson, who had a nice game against the Magic with 18 points and nine rebounds. The Kings are going to need a similar game from him tonight.

    Also, the bench is going to have to step it up against the Jazz. The Kings bench was a disaster against the Magic on Saturday night, and this is going to have to change. Head coach Michael Malone is going to have to give Ray McCallum minutes at the point tonight. Not only is he one of the Kings best perimeter defenders, he is a decent scorer as well. Another bench player that needs more playing time is Derrick Williams, who is mister energy for the Kings.

    But the scoring load once again will fall on Rudy Gay, and he is going to have to have a complete game tonight if the Kings expect to pull out a win.

    Another player who is going to have to start scoring at a nice clip is Ben McLemore, as his offense will be needed against the Jazz.

    Tonight should be the night the Kings get it together and end their terrible homestand on a positive note. The Jazz are struggling, but so are the Kings. But the Kings should be able to take out the Jazz early. Where have we heard this line before?

    My Prediction: Kings 108, Jazz 99