October 31, 2017, 10:58 pm
Sacramento (1-6) look to snap their five-game losing streak against Kyrie Irving and the Celtics (5-2) on Wednesday.
It’s the second night of a back-to-back for the Kings after losing to the Pacers 101-83 on Tuesday. After another poor showing on offense, they need to come out strong and put points on the board early otherwise it may be another long night for Kings fans.
Sacramento only managed 30 first half points in Indiana, and that’s two less than what they managed against the Wizards on Sunday with just 32. Their offense isn’t going to change overnight, but all that’s needed to at least stop the bleeding is some simple offensive adjustments by the coaching staff.
Simplyfying the game will do wonders for the young roster. Running some effective pick-and-rolls and getting guys moving off the ball is a few simple adjustments that can be made on the fly. Conveying a message like this can be harder when the majority of the roster is under 25-years-old, but they are professionals and if you drill them hard enough they’ll listen eventually.
After losing their first two games, the Celtics have now won five in a row so streaks are definitely on the line in this one. Most of their wins have come against lower-tier Eastern Conference teams but they are coming off a big win against the Spurs which is always an impressive feat.
Kyrie Irving has been rolling as of late and on the season he’s posting averages of 21.7 points and 5.7 assists in 34.6 minutes per game. He’s going to present matchup problems for the Kings but he’ll be a good test for rookie De’Aaron Fox.
Fox led the way for Sacramento on Tuesday dropping 18 points, four rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes off the bench. The Kings will be hoping for more of the same from him against Irving and the Celtics if they are wanting any form of success.
Gordon Hayward (ankle) will obviously be sitting out, but the Kings will still have to deal with Al Horford, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum; all three guys can score the ball which means the defense will have to be on lockdown.
While defense is important, the key to winning is sorting out the offense. That’s where it all starts for this young squad. Making some minor adjustments will work wonders and we’ll be hoping to see some tonight.
If the Kings can get off to a solid start, it will at least put them in a position to be more competitive for the rest of the game, something that hasn’t been the case in recent outings.
PG – George Hill
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Zach Randolph (sore left foot) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 4:30 p.m. PST (7:30 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports California