October 23, 2017, 2:07 am
The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Saturday’s 79-96 loss to the Nuggets. Playing in Denver is never easy, but on the second night of a back-to-back it’s near impossible and fatigue was certainly a factor in the defeat too.
Sacramento now turns their attention to a Phoenix Suns team that just fired coach Earl Watson after an 0-3 start. The Suns have looked disinterested on both ends and it’s a move that was expected. It’s very reminiscent of the Ty Corbin, George Karl situation in Sacramento.
Jay Triano is set to serve as the interim coach for Phoenix, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Suns show a little more interest under him. Through three games, the Suns have been playing with pace and minimal defense, a system similar to that of Karl’s in his time with the Kings.
They could switch it up with the coaching change, but it won’t happen over night. Either way, the Suns lack talent and the Kings should be circling this game as one to win.
Eric Bledsoe is at the center of trade rumors at the moment, and as a result, he’ll be sitting out tonight’s game. Suns GM Ryan McDonough says Bledsoe “won’t be with the team moving forward”. Things in Phoenix aren’t pretty at all.
De’Aaron Fox has been the most impressive King so far. Through three games he’s averaging 13.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 26.3 minutes per game (46.3 percent from the field).
Fox is going to be given every opportunity to succeed, and if he continues to take full advantage of that, he’ll be right in the conversation for Rookie of the Year.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to make his debut for Sacramento and it’ll be interesting to see how Dave Joerger slots him into the rotation.
Justin Jackson, who’s been starting to this point, could take a hit in the minutes department as a result. Jackson hasn’t been spectacular, but he hasn’t been bad either. Don’t be surprised to see a change in the starting lineup involving Jackson and Bogdanovic.
The Kings head home for a two-game set after this contest, including the return of DeMarcus Cousins to Sacramento in what will be a must-watch game.
Heading home 2-2 will be a pleasing start to the season for the Kings themselves, and the fans.
SACRAMENTO PROJECTED STARTERS:
PG – George Hill
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
KINGS INJURY REPORT:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
WHERE: NBC Sports California
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)