I've been hearing a lot on sports radio lately about Cleveland's "issues". I guess it's a matter of perspective when you're a team trying to win a championship compared to a team trying to simply not embarrass themselves every night. This game marks the end of one of the toughest stretches in this Kings season, during which the Kings have gone 1-6. It'll take one of their best games of the season to avoid 1-7. Tip-off's at 7:00 pm Pacific and you can listen to it on KHTK 1140 or watch it on CSN-California.
1. This will be LeBron James last game at Sleep Train Arena. I still remember his first, also the first game of his NBA career. There was more hype around this guy than anything I'd ever seen before. After that game, I bought into the hype. Here was an 18 year old rookie who was running circles around Doug Christie, one of the best perimeter defenders in the game. The Kings won that game pretty handily, but it was clear then that this was the start of something special for LeBron.
2. Can the Kings beat up the Cavaliers inside? The Cavs aren't necessarily a huge team but they do have some quality bigs in Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson. That being said, attacking them on the interior with DeMarcus Cousins probably seems like the best bet for the Kings to have a chance to win, as getting either or both of those guys into foul trouble will make the Cavaliers have to resort to playing smaller defensively.
3. The Kings can't afford the Cavaliers going crazy from the three point line. The Cavs are one of the best three point shooting teams in the league, ranking 5th in makes and 7th in attempts. Kyrie Irving was 5 of 8 by himself the last time these two teams met. We've been harping on the Kings guarding the three point line all season though, so the likelihood they'll figure it out against the Cavs seems low.
Kings 108, Cavs 123 as Cleveland is simply playing for something far more meaningful than we are at this point.