January 8, 2017, 12:25 pm
The Sacramento Kings continue their home stand Sunday night looking to turn things around after tough losses in the first two games. The Kings will face the Golden State Warriors, one of the best teams in the NBA the last few years.
After adding Kevin Durant in the offseason, the already-potent Warriors became an even more daunting opponent than they were last season when they won an NBA-record 73 games.
For Sacramento, the game should prove to be extremely tough, even if it is on their home floor. The Kings have struggled with younger, more athletic rosters this season, so the Warriors are a particularly bad matchup for them.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- The Warriors don’t have a great presence inside, so the Kings will want to take advantage of that as much as possible, with both Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins being potential matchup problems for them. If Sacramento comes out on top, they will need strong games from both of these two.
- Sacramento has struggled defending the three-point line this season, and Golden State will absolutely try to take advantage of that. With quite a few days off recently, Sacramento had a good amount of time to address their defensive issues and hopefully firgure out a good game plan for the Warriors.
- Malachi Richardson, Omri Casspi and Willie Cauley-Stein have all failed to see any action in recent games, but Sunday night could be different. If the Warriors end up with a big early lead, Dave Joerger may decide to give these three an opportunity to get into a game, and he may also play one or two of them just for their youth and athleticism. Sacramento has an older roster, so the team may need some younger players to step up against the Warriors.
The Kings have been struggling, losing four of their last five games, but a win against the Warriors would go a long way towards getting them back on track. Golden State won’t make it easy, but they certainly aren’t unbeatable.