The Kings remain out of Sacramento for one more game, visiting the Houston Rockets (5 p.m. Pacific). The Kings lost their first road game following that eternal homestand; if you needed a reminder that Sacramento is a completely different team away from home, you got it.
The Kings are now 13-10 at home and 4-21 on the road. While the home success is an improvement over last season and a good sign going forward, that road record is straight up abysmal. The Bobcats are 3-22 on the road! Even the Wizards are 5-19! So basically, the Kings are a good team at home and the Bobzards/Wizcats on the road. Seems about right, having watched the team's last few road trips.
Houston is a good team angling for a playoff spot in the deep West; the Rockets likely need to hold off Denver (struggling with injuries) and the Suns (hovering dangerously). Unfortunately, the Rockets have dealt with injuries to Kevin Martin and an illness from Kyle Lowry. Neither played in Houston's Saturday loss to Dallas. If they sit, the Kings' Isaiah Thomas-Marcus Thornton will draw Goran Dragic (rather solid) and Courtney Lee (nice defender, dangerous shooter). The Rockets have surprising depth. It's not Denver-level depth where you've got legit starters coming off the bench (when they are healthy). But you'd be hard-pressed to find a bad player in the rotation.
Of course, Samuel Dalembert -- who dominated DeMarcus Cousins in the teams' first match-up this season -- looms large. Here's to hoping Boogie gets Sammy back. Let's also hope the Kings don't really on pull-up jumpers with Dalembert looming in the background -- they know his shotblocking skill, but shouldn't necessarily fear it. Sam isn't prone to foul, but he is prone to get out of position and goaltend. Marcus Camby plays behind him, and the Kings have done well against him over the last couple years.
The game's at 5, and game threads will spring at 5 and 6:30. Let's go Kings!