Hey look, there's a game on. After a light stretch of games, with only three in the last eight days, the Sacramento Kings take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are strangely 3-10 at home (while 6-6 on the road) and have hit a rough patch, losing eight of their last nine games. But, as we know, being Kings fans, there are no gimmes in an NBA schedule. With their combination of young and old players, the Timberwolves will be looking to turn this ship around. The Kings, coming off the strangest game in the history of western civilization, should aim to start off their road trip on a high note. The Kings tip off at 5:00 on CSN California and KHTK 1140.
1. Can you close out a game, please? Despite the wins, the Kings have not had the strongest fourth quarters (to put it incredibly nice). The Kings need to finish out the game strong, especially if the game is close near the end. Too often in recent games the Kings have let opposing teams come back and make it interesting when it should have been a simple victory. A couple more lucky bounces for the other team might have cost the Kings both of their last two games.
2. Can you not turn it over 29 times, please? Words cannot do justice to how strange last game was. With 50 combined turnovers, it was a cross between one of Beethoven's masterpieces and a Paulie Shore movie. The Kings cannot expect to win if they are going to turn it over at such a high clip, whether they are playing the Timberwolves or the Spurs.
3. Can you defend, please? The Kings have been better on defense, but that is certainly nothing to brag about. The Kings need to get their act together. With young guys like Wiggins and Towns, there is a possibility of a big game from anyone. Plus, you never know when Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller, or
former future King Kevin Martin will return to their former selves.
Matchup of the Game
Demarcus Cousins vs. Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns is up there with Kristaps Porzingis as my favorite rookie this year. I really like what I am seeing from him, and DeMarcus seems to love welcoming these young guys to the NBA. I would love to see these two go at it all game. In a couple years, this could be one of the funner match-ups in the NBA. Cousins missed out on their last matchup (a game the Kings lost) so it will be interesting seeing how Minnesota matches up with Boogie.
Kings 114, Timberwolves 99. Despite taking a weird path to get there, the Kings seem to be finding a little bit of rhythm. After a frustrating meeting last go-round, I think the Kings will bounce back and win this one with ease. But then again... Kings.