This is sort of perfect. The Sacramento Kings have an opportunity to finish the season like they began it: leaving the L.A. Lakers and their ringleader Kobe Bryant wallowing in defeat and failure. The Lakers visit Sacramento (7:30 p.m. Pacific, Comcast SportsNet) in each team's final regular season game. L.A. has clinched the No. 3 seed and has no reason to win, but there's an alterior motive for No. 24.
Kobe needs 38 points to take the NBA scoring title away from Kevin Durant. As I have advocated all week: the Kings should stick four guys on him at all times and let Andrew Goudelock and Devin Ebanks fire away. What's the worst that could happen? I can't wait to see Tyreke Evans, Travis Outlaw, Donte Greene, Francisco Garcia and Terrence Williams play the defense of their lives to stop Kobe from getting the title. This is destiny!
Of course, there are lottery implications, too; a loss would be better by some indeterminate value for the future of the club. But some opponents just deserve no sunshine, and this is one of them. I'm rooting hard for a Kings win, and I think most of the 17,000 at the Ol' Gas Pump will agree. (Except for the sandbaggers in yellow and purple.)
Game's at 7:30. Game threads at 7:30 and 9. Let's go Sacramento!