January 21, 2017, 1:40 pm
Following the loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night, the Sacramento Kings head to Chicago to try and bounce back against the Bulls. This will be the second night of a back-to-back for both teams.
The Kings enter Saturdays game with four straight losses, and their last game against the Grizzlies was likely the worst of the bunch. The Kings looked over-matched on both ends of the floor, and the team was clearly hurting from the loss of Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi on the wing.
For the Bulls, a loss last night in Atlanta pushes them to two games below .500, and continues their decline following a strong start to the year.
Here are some notes for the game:
- Sacramento may need to look at some of their younger players tonight, at least on the perimeter. Matt Barnes may not be ready to play heavy minutes for the second night in a row, and without Gay and Casspi, the team will be very short-handed. Garrett Temple, Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson were the three that saw the biggest increase in minutes, but it may be time for the Kings to see what players like Malachi Richardson can do when given the opportunity.
- Jimmy Butler will present a huge challenge to whoever starts for the team at small forward, so it may be wise for the team to start Garrett Temple next to Arron Afflalo again. Temple is likely the only player that has the size and speed to keep up with a player like Butler, and containing him will be a bey key to the game.
Sacramento is going through it’s roughest patch to this point in the season, and the team will need to make some adjustments to keep up. If this group can’t figure it out soon, they may find themselves much further out in the standings.