November 1, 2016, 11:26 am
After a tough loss to the Hawks in Atlanta, the Sacramento Kings will travel to Miami for a Tuesday night matchup against the Heat. This is the team’s third game in four nights, and is their second pair of back-to-back games just five games into the new season.
Between the lack of rest and the cross-country road trip, this should prove to be another tough game for Sacramento. The team has found a way to keep the energy up throughout this tough opening stretch, and it will be important to maintain that for the Kings to leave Miami with a win.
Here are some things to watch for during the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins struggled Monday night in Atlanta, scoring just 14 points on 16 shots. Cousins usually gets to the free throw line at an elite rate, but only took three shots from the charity stripe against a Hawks team that has proven to be very good defensively. Cousins appears headed for an even tougher matchup tonight against Hassan Whiteside, so he will need to find a way to be more productive to put the team in a good position to win.
- Rudy Gay stepped up with Cousins struggling Monday night, scoring 22 points and notching five assists on just 13 shots. Gay has looked much improved this season, and currently sits as the second best player on the roster behind Cousins. The Kings will need him to have another big night tonight.
- Sacramento struggled to take care of the ball in their last game, committing 19 turnovers as a team. Sacramento struggled with turnovers last season, so they will want to keep an eye on this going forward.
The Miami Heat appear to be going through a rebuilding phase as a franchise, and have started the season slowly at 1-2.
They still have quite a bit of talent on their roster, so this shouldn’t be considered an easy win by any means. With that said, these are the matchups that the team will need to win with regularity if they expect to compete for a playoff spot.