There are just two more road games left on this trip, and the Kings head to Chicago (5:00 pm on News10 and KHTK 1140) for the first of a back-to-back. The last time the Kings faced the Bulls, they handed them one of their worst losses of the season, but since then Chicago has won 13 of their last 18 on the back of Joakim Noah's stellar play.
MATCHUP OF THE GAME
DeMarcus Cousins vs. Joakim Noah
I mentioned how well Joakim Noah has been playing in my most recent GBU, but it bears repeating; The guy has been ridiculous lately. In his last 17 games, he's averaging a near triple-double at 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.2 assists a game along with almost two blocks and a steal. Last game he went up against Dwight Howard and outplayed him as the Bulls beat Houston by 24. After what happened last time against DeMarcus Cousins with his ejection, Noah will be looking for revenge, and there aren't many players, let alone centers, playing as well as he is now.
1. Ben McLemore's March has actually been pretty good! He's averaging 9.6 points while shooting 51.1% from the field and 38.1% from three. He's looked more comfortable lately, and he's continued to be aggressive in attacking the basket. Hopefully we can see him continue to play well, and it will be an especially good sign if he can managed to do so against the stingy Bulls defense.
2. The Power Forward spot has been a bit of an unknown lately as Michael Malone has seemingly decided to change it based on matchups. Against Detroit's big frontline, Reggie Evans got the call over Jason Thompson, while against the smaller Philadelphia, Derrick Williams started. Will we see a third different starter tonight against the Bulls? If I had to guess I would say Evans probably starts. I actually like Jason Thompson as the backup center and have advocated that for a while, since it allows him to get more low post touches with Cousins out of the game.
3. I don't know who is counseling Jimmer, but if I were him, I wouldn't have gone to Chicago. Yes, they're a playoff team that could use some shooting, but they're also a team that has a coach who plays his main guys tons of minutes, two established Point Guards in Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin, and a defense first mindset. So far Jimmer has managed to play 17 minutes in 4 games, almost exclusively in garbage time. I guess I just don't see where the extra opportunity to play for him is on this team unless it's garbage time. But then again, maybe he'd rather not play on a good team than not play on a bad team.
Jimmer, Jimmer, Jim
mer, Jimmer, Jimmer, Jimmer.
Kings 88, Bulls 147 as Jimmer Fredette receives a DNP-CD for old time's sake.