Success is tasted
and there is hunger for more.
Oh, hello Memphis.
The Kings, flying high after an improbable win in San Antonio, visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in the second game of this current three games road trip, and eighth game in a brutal nine-game stretch against largely tough competition with eight of the games on the road. The Kings now have three wins through the first seven games of the spell, with victories over the Raptors, Pacers and Spurs. One more victory would make the string an unadulterated success. Two more would have us shooting off fireworks. The Kings visit Portland on Monday.
Memphis is a tough matchup. The Grizz have won five straight, including a blowout home win over a Rose-less Chicago last week. Memphis followed that win with road wins in New Orleans and Detroit and sit 8-6, treading water while Zach Randolph recovers. Each of Memphis' primary players has picked up their offensive production since Z-Bo went down, and Rudy Gay remains the toughest matchup challenge for the Kings. When the teams last met, Gay sprung for 23 on 10-16 shooting. Sam Young also loaded up 20 off the bench.
The bigger story from that game, the second-to-final contest for Paul Westphal, was that Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton were totally shut down, combining for 14 points on 6-18 shooting with two free throws between them. Jimmer Fredette had his best game with 17 points on 6-12 -- it's been downhill from there -- and Isaiah Thomas was a nice spark with 15, albeit primarily in garbage time.
Game's at 5. Game threads at 5 and 6:30. We'll also have an open thread for Small Market, Big Heart, which airs locally in Sacramento on Fox at 4. Let's go Kings!