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The rematch with Utah looms as a very important game

Can the Kings regain respectability?

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With apologies to the Charlotte Hornets, I’m looking ahead a little. After a strong showing from the Sacramento Kings against the Denver Nuggets, I’m thinking about the upcoming rematch against the Utah Jazz. The deck was stacked against the Kings in the first matchup with Utah. The second night of a back-to-back, traveling to Utah (second highest altitude in the NBA behind the Nuggets) and the team’s 3rd game in 4 nights. The Kings stumbled out of the gate, and the Jazz were there to take advantage.

It will be different this time. The Kings play the Hornets in Sacramento on Wednesday, then get a day off before hosting the Jazz. The Kings will be on their home turf, rested, and (based on what we saw against Denver) back on track as far as looking like a real NBA team again.

And now to get way too far ahead of myself. If the Kings beat the Hornets, and then beat the Jazz, the Kings have a chance to get a little win streak going. After the Jazz the Kings travel to face the struggling Knicks. 3-4 would be far more encouraging than 2-5. Games this early in the season are rarely a must-win, and I wouldn’t go so far as to call this game a must-win, but it is a game that could mean a lot for the Kings.

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