December 21, 2016, 10:05 am
The Sacramento Kings head to Utah Wednesday night fresh off of one of their best games of the season for a matchup with the Jazz. This game will be the team’s second game in as many nights, but the Jazz will be playing under similar circumstances following their loss to the Warriors Tuesday.
For the Kings, this game is an opportunity for them to have consecutive strong wins, something that this team desperately needs. There have been moments when it appears that the team is starting to figure it out, but to this point they have all been followed by disappointing performances that have served to stall any progress that Sacramento could have made.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Darren Collison was quiet in the team’s win against Portland, but a strong performance from Ty Lawson helped carry them to the victory. Lawson also played more minutes than Collison against Portland, so it appears that Dave Joerger is willing to go with the hot hand. Lawson’s talent allows the team this type of flexibility, and it’s good to see Joerger using it to his advantage.
- DeMarcus Cousins played phenomenally, scoring 55 points in what was arguably the best game of his career. Rudy Gobert has been playing extremely well this season, so Cousins will be thoroughly tested Wednesday night. Given the huge load that he shouldered Tuesday and the tough matchup Wednesday, Sacramento will need to get him some help on offense.
The Kings are in the hunt for a postseason spot, and while it is very early to start worrying about the playoffs, Sacramento has a great opportunity to gain some ground in a race that appears to be wide open. A strong win against Utah would really boost the team’s confidence heading into a relatively easy stretch.