March 10, 2017, 8:49 am
Following a tough road trip that saw the team go 0-2 in Denver and San AntoniO, the Sacramento Kings return home to the Golden 1 Center looking to upset the Washington Wizards.
Despite a slow start to the season, the Wizards have emerged as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, surviving mostly on the strength of their starting five. John Wall is having one of the best seasons of his career, but the team has also benefited from the health of Bradley Beal and the emergence of Otto Porter.
The Sacramento Kings have continued to struggle without DeMarcus Cousins, and without much offensive talent on the roster, those struggles are likely to continue. The team will likely continue to focus on development, and for that reason will need to rely on athleticism and defense for their wins.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- In the team’s 104-114 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Skal Labissiere managed to provide a huge spark offensively off the bench, scoring 15 points on 7/10 shooting from the field in only 14 minutes of play. Labissiere also made impacts in other ares, snagging six rebounds and blocking a shot. Labissiere has been one of the top players on the team in the second half, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him earning more minutes soon.
- Buddy Hield has also been a good scoring option off the bench, although his results have been more mixed. Hield’s high turnover rate and low assist totals are less than inspiring, but his ability to create his own offense is a skill that very few on the roster currently possess. Given his relative lack of experience, some issues should be expected, but overall his performance has been encouraging.
The Kings are currently 1-6 since the All Star break, and would likely love nothing more than to end their six game losing streak at home against a team like the Wizards. The Wizards have been incredibly tough to stop in recent months, so the Kings will need to play great team basketball to make it happen.