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Kings vs. Jazz: Can the Kings Finally Direct some Jazz?

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After losing 10 of their last 11 games, and rumors of a possible shakeup, can the Kings go to Salt Lake City and steal one?

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The Sacramento Kings have been bad lately. Very bad. Awful. Luckily, there is hope. Amid rumors of a possible shakeup, and a stretch where they have lost 10 out of their last 11 games, the Kings have a winnable game against the Utah Jazz. It could not come at a better time. This last stretch has been absolutely brutal on their psyche. Hopefully at the very least the Kings can squeak one out a la the Indiana Pacers, and not allow one of those infamous 92-0 runs.

3 Things to Look For

1. Can we get the ball to the hot hand? The Kings have developed a great talent at freezing out the hot hand. My friend and I both called us freezing out Ben McLemore after his early game tear against the Warriors. It has been like that all year. If anyone besides DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay are on a tear, the Kings stop giving them the ball. Part of this is on the guys shooting it. The off-the-ball movement is absolutely atrocious, and when they do move off the ball, the team has a terrible time getting guys the ball. It is not a recipe for success.

2. Obligatory bench complaints.. Our bench is bad.

3. No large runs! It is ridiculous how many large runs have happened in the last few games. 8-10 point runs are understandable. When 20-2 type runs and worse are happening every game, it starts getting ridiculous. I don't know what else to stay. STOP! ALLOWING! RUNS!

Key Matchup

Rudy Gay vs. Gordon Hayward

These are two guys who could go off any night. Coming off of a game where he struggled mightily, I could see Rudy bouncing back and having a good game. Hayward always has the potential to put on a show, which is why he signed such a good contract this year. I could see us getting treated to a good duel between these two scorers.

Pregame Haiku

The Kings are all lost.

Despair, Sorrow, Tears, and Pain

Please bring us George Karl

Prediction

Kings - 113, Jazz - 109