After a storybook finish to end the Kings time in Sleep Train Arena (or as close as a lottery bound team could get), the Sacramento Kings still have two games on the road before any vacation plans can be realized. The first of the final two games of the season takes place on Monday night in Phoenix, as the Kings match-up against a Suns squad that began the season 7-5, and now have 22 wins to show for their season. Sacramento has played Phoenix three times this season, with the Suns only win coming in the fifth game of the season; the other two contests have been blowouts the other way. Sacramento will be without DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the season, so a youth movement is to be expected for the final two contests, and as such, George Karl will probably announce that Kosta Koufos will play 48 minutes at center for the foreseeable future. Monday night's game in Phoenix can be seen on CSN-CA and NBA TV, can be heard on KHTK 1140 and will begin at 7:00pm PST. Let's talk Kings basketball.
A Couple Reasons to Watch:
Seth Curry has found himself: One of the best, and most frustrating, parts to come out of the KIngs being eliminated from playoff contention is the rise of Seth Curry's minutes and his immediate success on the court. While Seth will never be as good as his brother down in the Bay Area, its pretty obvious that Seth Curry can play in the NBA, and be a very productive member in the process. In Saturday night's game against Oklahoma City, Seth found himself making All-Universe point guard Russell Westbrook look absolutely silly at times. The kid is a ton of fun to watch and every minute he's spent out on the court in the last month has been to make George Karl's comments about his soon-to-be short lived NBA career look ridiculous.
Points Galore: If you're someone who likes lots of points and not a whole lot of defense, well do I have just the right game for you to look in on this Monday night. Phoenix is a terrible defensive team, giving up the second most amount of points to opponents in the league at over 107 a game. If you're wondering who could give up more points than that, well, I would point you in the direction of Sleep Train Arena and nod solemnly. The Kings allow their opponents to score more points than any other team in the league at 109.1 points a game. That seems like it'd be a bad thing, right? Well sure, if you don't like when your team has the ability to put up 142 points against an opponent, like the Kings did to the Suns on January 2nd of this year. It's guady, it's a tire fire on one end of the floor, but, who ever won anything with good defense, right?
Odds and Ends:
This game season features former Kings point guard, Ronnie Price. Price is still banished from the state of Utah for the terrible things he did to Carlos Boozer while in a Kings uniform.
Prediction: The Sacramento Kings will forget that tanking has benefits, and that they were begged to go easy on Phoenix and their delicate defensive numbers. Kings win: 120-105.
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