October 26, 2017, 11:10 am
There will be plenty of eyes on the Golden One Center tonight when DeMarcus Cousins visits Sacramento for the first time since being traded to the Pelicans last February.
The two teams faced off in New Orleans last season after the trade, but this reunion will be much different. Cousins was by far the biggest name involved in the swap, and while visiting New Orleans was probably emotional for Buddy Hield, Cousins had established himself as a special member of the Sacramento community during his six-year tenure with the team.
There is sure to be some acknowledgement of his return prior to tip-off and after the game, but once the games starts expect it to be business as usual for both teams.
The Kings don’t have much size beyond Kosta Koufos and Zach Randolph, and the Pelicans are likely to exploit that as much as possible. Anthony Davis is currently questionable to play, but even if he sits the team won’t have many players capable of containing Cousins in the post.
Randolph has the size to match Cousins and Davis, but he will need quite a bit of help handling either of them on the perimeter. Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein could be called on to guard Cousins at various points in the game, but this will need to be closely monitored.
While the Davis/Cousins pairing will prove to be a challenge for the Kings, Sacramento may be able to take advantage of their own athleticism and depth.
Cousins and Davis are both more effective in half-court situations, so going small and ramping up the pace may prove to be the best option for Dave Joerger. The Pelicans don’t have nearly as much depth on the perimeter as the Kings, so keeping up with an up-tempo offense could become an issue towards the end of the game.
This would be a definite shift for the Kings, who currently rank 28th in pace according to the NBA stats website. There is already evidence that this is shifting, as the Kings’ pace during Monday night’s game against the Suns would rank 5th overall.
Whatever strategy the Kings choose tonight, containing DeMarcus Cousins will still be their primary concern. Sacramento won’t be able to stop him entirely, but limiting his production will give the team a great chance at getting their first win of the season in front of the home fans.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
PG – George Hill
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
WHEN: 7:30PM (PST)
February 17, 2019, 11:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) suited up for the All-Star Game on Sunday and scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes of action in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis.
He added five rebounds, five threes and two assists to the box score. Leonard has been in and out of the lineup for the Raptors quite a lot this season, but hopefully he can have a healthy second half of the season. If he can stay on the court, he should continue to hover around top-5 value in all formats. Expect Leonard to return for the Raptors' first game after the break ends.
February 17, 2019, 11:19 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 17-of-23 shots on Sunday to score an All-Star game-high 38 points and 11 boards in the 164-178 loss to Team LeBron.
Steph Curry logged 29 minutes with 17 points but it wasn't enough as his teammates Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 51 points tonight. Giannis was second on his squad in minutes with 27 and everyone should be well rested coming out of the All-Star break.
February 17, 2019, 11:11 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) put up 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and six assists in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
He hit a 3-pointer and made some clutch plays down the stretch to help his team seal the win. Irving missed two games from this injury and should be good to go after the break for the Celtics and is a top-10 option for the remainder of the season.
February 17, 2019, 11:08 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant added some hardware to the mantle at home by taking Sunday night’s All-Star game MVP trophy.
Durant scored 31 points with six triples in the come from behind victory for Team LeBron 178-164 over Team Giannis. Durant got into it with Joel Embiid a few times, while swatting two shots in their matchup.
February 17, 2019, 11:03 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis made an appearance in the All-Star game on Sunday, logged only four minutes.
Davis finished with five points in four minutes, all in the first half, while appearing disinterested in giving it his all. Now owners will have to wait and see if the Pelicans try to shut him down despite the NBA’s insistence that he’s on the court if he’s healthy.
February 17, 2019, 7:48 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis confirmed in a live TV interview that he’s playing in Sunday’s All-Star game.
Davis owns the All-Star record for most points and while he might not push himself too hard tonight, he might still be motivated to put on a show. Davis can cast plenty of shade at the Pelicans if he plays well, as it’s rumored to Pelicans want to shut him down after the All-Star break, and the NBA wants to keep their top players active.
February 17, 2019, 7:05 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (left shoulder contusion) is "good to play" for Sunday's All-Star game, according to Marc Stein.
The Pelicans probably don't like this as they don't want him on the court for regular games. If you're playing DFS for the All-Star game, count on Davis playing, and we respect your dedication to the game.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
February 17, 2019, 4:38 pmTyus Jones - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
In an article on The Athletic, Jon Krawczynski noted that Tyus Jones (left ankle sprain) should be returning in the Wolves' first game after the All-Star break.
The Wolves return to action on Friday at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Krawczynski also noted that Robert Covington (knee) should not be far behind Jones' return, which will give the Wolves much-needed depth as they make a playoff run.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on The Athletic
February 17, 2019, 4:28 pmJared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets
Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) tweeted that he will be back for the next game as long as "everything goes according to plan."
The Nets will resume their season on Thursday as they host the Blazers. Dudley won't be on any fantasy radars, but he could be a pest by stealing minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Rodions Kurucs.
Source: Jared Dudley on Twitter
February 17, 2019, 4:23 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo plans to play for Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer.
Giannis said the only way he won't play is if he has any injury concerns. He should be able to dominate the championships that start on August 31st in China.