Kings vs. Knicks: EXIST ONLY TO WISH ON STARS

No time for panic
when you can't come up for air.
Keep calm; carry on.

New York Knicks at Sacramento Kings
The Gymmer, Sacramento
5 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet California

Jimmer Fredette broke out on Thursday against the Bulls, getting some heat against the very good Chicago second-unit defense. He had 14 points on 5-10 shooting, hit 2-4 from long-range and has quietly scored in double figures in two of his first three pro games. There's plenty of room to grow, but he looked comfortable against a very tough defense on Thursday. That's encouraging.

If anyone needs an opportunity to look more comfortable, it's Tyreke Evans, who is drawing a lot of the heat for fans both here and on talk radio. Luckily, he gets to play against Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby tonight. The Knicks got killed by the Warriors' backcourt earlier this week, and you hope that repeats itself, that Evans and Thornton just make life miserable for the New York backcourt while the Knicks' two high-octane forwards -- one of whom, Amar'e Stoudemire, is questionable for the game.

This is the last game against a straight-up bad defensive opponent until January 11, when the Kings visit the Raptors early in a five-game road trip. This is a real opportunity to watch the offense break open in front of a strong crowd against a tired opponent. A win here, a strong night here can really make that 2-2 record to open the season against four playoff teams look a whole lot better, can't it?

The game's at 5. Game threads will be in at 5 and 6:30. Recap to follow. Let's go Kings, and let's all have a happy and safe New Year.

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