December 12, 2017, 1:39 am
The Kings are seeking redemption as the Suns head to Sacramento for the second meeting of the season.
In the first meeting, Phoenix managed to escape with a grueling 117-115 win over Sacramento – a game in which the Kings probably should have won.
Mike James was the hero in that one nailing a floater with 14 seconds left to give his team the edge. James totaled 18 points and seven assists on 8-of-10 shooting in that one, and has since earned himself a season-long deal with the Suns (he was formerly on a two-way deal).
Phoenix will be without star player Devin Booker who is out with a groin injury. Booker had 22 points in the first meeting so without his scoring, it makes life easier on the Kings.
It’ll be interesting to see which lineup the Kings decide to roll out in this one. In Sunday’s game against the Raptors, Dave Joerger decided to switch things up rolling with De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph. It’s a lineup that struggled big time earlier in the season and it struggled yet again on Sunday.
George Hill sat out that game for personal reasons but he’ll be good to go in this one. The inclination here is that he slots back into the starting lineup. Willie Cauley-Stein will be a game-time call after missing the past three games, having him back would provide a great boost to the Kings’ rotation.
This is a game the Kings can certainly win. They’re going to need to make a concerted effort to defend the 3-point line as the Suns like firing away from downtown and love to play with pace. Continuing to run the offense through Zach Randolph is a great idea and one way to keep the game in control.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – George Hill
SF – Garrett Temple
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Zach Randolph
Willie Cauley-Stein (back) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)
Where: NBCS California