December 14, 2016, 8:50 am
The Sacramento Kings head back out on the road Wednesday night for a rematch with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets buried the Sacramento Kings with a barrage of three pointers in their last game, winning 117-104 at the Golden 1 Center.
The Houston Rockets have re-emerged as one of the better teams in the NBA this season, and their new offensive attack appears to be behind the team’s revival. The Rockets currently own the fourth best record in the NBA, and are 9-1 in their last ten games.
Sacramento has cleaned up their defense since the two teams last met, but the Rockets will be very tough to beat on their home floor. The Kings will need to play very well to beat a team of this level.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- Garrett Temple locked down James Harden during the last meeting between these two teams, and while the Rockets were able to get contributions from other players, stopping James Harden should give Sacramento a good chance to take home the victory. Getting Temple into the game should be a priority any time Harden is on the floor.
- Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay are both unlikely to play tonight after sustaining injuries in the team’s previous game. Sacramento will need to rely on players like Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi more than usual, but both have proven that they can play at a high level.
- Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere have been recalled from the King’s D-League affiliate, and both may see extra minutes following the injuries. Both have played well for the Reno Bighorns, with Richardson being particularly effective offensively. With the team potentially losing two key players on the perimeter, Richardson may have an opportunity to play key minutes for the team.
The Sacramento Kings are now 9-15 on the season, and real improvements are starting to be made. Winning a tough game in Houston would be a great next step for this group, but the team will need contributions from all over the roster to get it done.