December 27, 2017, 12:22 pm
The Kings will be looking to turn things around Wednesday night and avoid their third straight loss, but a visit from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t make that easy.
Cleveland will enter Wednesday night’s game with a definite advantage, but an earlier meeting between these two teams provides some hope that the Kings could end up with the win. The Kings were able to build a 14-point lead in the third quarter in Cleveland that night, but a strong push from James to finish the game allowed the Cavaliers to avoid an upset at home.
Playing at home should give the Kings an even better shot Wednesday night, but a win would undoubtedly be a surprise. Cleveland has looked much more dangerous in December after adjusting to plenty of roster turnover this summer, and the team will be looking to rebound from a tough loss to Golden State on Christmas day.
THINGS TO WATCH:
- James is the biggest threat to any team that plays Cleveland, but Kevin Love’s recent play shows that he is a dangerous second option offensively. Joerger may struggle to find a player that can effectively limit Love defensively and keep him off the glass, but if the team can keep him quiet it would be a big boost for them.
- Malachi Richardson was out of the rotation for long stretches at the beginning of the season, but after playing 30 minutes against the Clippers he appears to be set up to be a regular contributor. Richardson was primarily used in smaller lineups against Los Angeles, but similar lineups will be tough to use too often against the Cavaliers so it will be interesting to see how much he ends up playing and what types of lineups he gets used in.
PG – George Hill
SG – Garrett Temple
SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
De’Aaron Fox (quad) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
Where: NBCS California
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)