Game 82. We’re finally here. The Sacramento Kings are in Los Angeles tonight to face the Lakers. Beat L.A.?
The Kings ‘Beat L.A.’ 102-92 in Sacramento on Monday night. Omri Casspi led the charge with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Derrick Williams gave the Kings a 20-point lift from the bench. I never get tired of watching the Lakers lose, but defeating a team led by Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown doesn’t carry much weight.
Various injuries and ailments will keep DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Darren Collison, Eric Moreland, and Reggie Evans out of this one. To make matters worse, Omri Casspi is now listed as questionable with ‘gastroenteritis’.
I’m going to be totally honest with you. This game has no impact on anything whatsoever. Both the Kings and the Lakers are obviously out of the playoff picture, and both teams are completely locked into their pre-lottery draft positions. Neither team has anything to lose or gain by picking up a win or loss tonight.
Some could argue the importance of a win tonight in that it would allow the Kings to finish the season with 29 wins; exactly more win than last season’s total. That doesn’t do anything for me. A bad season is a bad season. A bad organization is a bad organization. A bad team is a bad team. The Sacramento Kings were all of those things, and one more win won’t change that.
The only thing I’ll really be looking for tonight is David Stockton’s play provided George Karl actually plays him. The Kings signed Stockton to an unguaranteed multi year contract last week, indicating they probably like him slightly more than the other players in Reno. Will he be on the Kings roster next season? I doubt it, but at least he’s on the Kings radar. I’d like to see him play heavy minutes tonight. Why not?
That’ll do it from me. Enjoy the game, if you’re still watching. I think next season will be better.
As always, check back in to A Royal Pain after tonights game for our postgame coverage.
Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Lakers
Where: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
When: 7:30 PM, 10:30 PM EST
Broadcast: Comcast Sportsnet California
Radio: KHTK Sports 1140 AM
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