January 25, 2017, 9:20 am
Following Monday night’s win in Detroit, the Sacramento Kings will attempt to upset the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court. Sacramento and Cleveland had their first of two meetings a few weeks ago, with the Cavaliers winning easily 120-108.
For the Kings, Wednesday nights game represents a great opportunity for the team to generate some momentum on the road. Cleveland will be much tougher to beat on their home floor, but it certainly isn’t impossible.
The Cavaliers head into play following a tough loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, and will want to avoid losing two straight. A second-straight loss to a team below .500 would be very disappointing given their talent level, so the team will surely want to make sure they turn things around on their home floor.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- The Kings were unable to stop Kyle Korver in their last meeting, giving up 18 points on 7/10 shooting. Korver is a dangerous shooter, so the Kings will want to find a way to give him more attention while he’s on the floor. The Kings will need to tighten up their defense to beat the Cavs, and slowing down Korver will go a long way towards accomplishing that.
- Malachi Richardson and Willie Cauley-Stein have re-emerged in the rotation in recent games, so tonight should be a good opportunity to see what they can do against a high-level opponent. Lineups featuring those two and Ty Lawson have been fairly successful in the past, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see that trio play heavier minutes tonight. Cleveland is not particularly deep, so the Kings should look to take advantage of their bench any time they have the opportunity.
- Without Rudy Gay, the Kings may struggle to find someone capable of guarding LeBron James. Garrett Temple has seen time at small forward, but James’ size may prove to be too much for him. Despite the size issue, Temple still likely represents the team’s best option for guarding him, and should be asked to start the game guarding him. Temple’s defensive performance may be a deciding factor for the Kings, so it will be important to keep an eye on that matchup early.
Sacramento looked much better in their last game against Detroit, and it will be important to carry some of that momentum into Wednesday night’s game in Cleveland. A win would be a great confidence booster for the team, but the Cavaliers will likely do everything they can to avoid a two straight losses.