January 19, 2018, 1:47 pm
The Kings’ longest road trip of the season begins in Memphis tonight and they’ll be looking to snap a six-game losing streak in the process.
With the youth movement in full swing, it’ll be on the youngsters – predominately – to get the Kings a win against an opponent they fell against earlier in the season. The Grizzlies dominated the matchup in Sacramento on Dec. 31, winning 114-96.
Former King Tyreke Evans dealt the most damage with 26 points on the night. He’s having a massive year in Memphis, posting averages of 19.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.1 steals on 46.6 percent shooting from the field. Oh, and he’s hitting a career-high 2.2 3-pointers per game. Evans was always a handful for defenses but the fact that he’s added a reliable 3-point shot (40.3 percent) to his arsenal makes him a nightmare to guard.
Evans was looking forward to that game all season long. Players relish the opportunity to stick it to former teams and Evans let people know about it following the game.
Yea I had that sac game on my ? ✅?⛽️
— Tyreke Evans (@TyrekeEvans) January 1, 2018
Evans likely has tonight’s game circled too so don’t be surprised to see him come out a little more aggressive.
In Wednesday’s game Garrett Temple and Vince Carter were the two veterans that sat out so it’ll be interesting to see whose turn it is this time around. Zach Randolph will almost certainly be playing in what will be an emotional return to Memphis, so you can mark him down as playing. If Dave Joerger is using a rotational method with the veterans then it would seem to be Kosta Koufos and George Hill sitting out, but it’s anyone’s guess.
The Grizzlies themselves have won three of their last four games and are playing well lately. They won’t be taking it easy on Randolph and the Kings, despite the fact there will be a lot of emotion in the building.
Memphis is a beatable team if you turn up to play, and play coherently. The Kings have a tough Eastern Conference lineup coming up so grabbing a win here would be opportune.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – QUESTIONABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. ET)
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November 14, 2019, 12:35 amNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
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November 14, 2019, 12:23 amRondae Hollis-JeffersonSF, Toronto Raptors
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November 13, 2019, 11:38 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
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