The Sacramento Kings are coming off a disappointing home loss to a team they should have beaten. DeMarcus Cousins is dealing with injuries and might not play. If he does, it would be unrealistic to expect him to be 100%. So how do the schedule gods get the Kings back on track? A back-to-back, in Oracle, against the undefeated NBA champion Golden State Warriors. This should go great!
1. Can the Kings beat the Warriors? Sure. I mean, they probably won't, but anything is possible.
2. How can the Kings beat the Warriors? Cousins has to play. That's a must. Without Cousins, the Kings have no shot. They also need vintage defensive performances from Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo. Karl needs to trust Willie Cauley-Stein. And the Kings can't switch everything. They need to play as a cohesive defensive unit. So, yeah, not likely, but that's how it would happen. Either that or Brad Geiser kidnaps Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Not sure how he pulls that off unless he enlists Vivek's robot army.
3. But what if the Kings actually beat the Warriors? It would be incredible. It would inspire dozens of columns from national writers who would just be so dang confused.
Matchup of the Game
Rajon Rondo vs Steph Curry
Rondo was a great defender once upon a time. He hasn't been for many years. If ever there was a time for him to summon his old powers, this would be it. Even if he's getting torched, though, Rondo drives the Kings offense. Curry drives the Warriors. Curry is at an otherworldly level right now, but it's a matchup of two great point guards.
Warriors 117, Kings 101