March 15, 2017, 10:35 am
The Sacramento Kings will look to win back-to-back games for the first time since the All-Star break Wednesday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are currently near the bottom of the conference, but certainly have the talent to make this game tough.
The Kings, who have yet to find an identity offensively after trading DeMarcus Cousins, appeared much more comfortable on that end of the floor against the Magic. Sacramento received double-digit scoring efforts from seven of the nine players that took the floor that night, and finished with an encouraging 24 assists.
While the Suns have found a few players worth keeping for the future, they have yet to put that talent together to generate many wins. The team has been better in recent weeks however, going 4-6 in their last 10 games. The team has plenty of young talent on the roster, so they will likely look to finish the season strong and take the next step toward being a playoff team.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Buddy Hield has seen his minutes increase in recent games, playing over 30 minutes in each of the teams last three contests. While his scoring output has been encouraging, he still has a long way to go on the defensive end. Devin Booker, who is one of the premier young talents at shooting guard, figures to be a tough cover for Hield, and should be a good learning opportunity for him. If Hield can effectively contain Booker, the Kings will have a pretty good shot at leaving Phoenix with the victory.
- Alan Williams has been a large part of the recent turnaround in Phoenix, controlling the glass on both ends of the floor and generally using his physicality to bother opposing bigs. Williams is exactly the type of player that Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere tend to struggle with defensively, so this should be a good opportunity for both of them to work on that aspect of their game. Keeping Williams off the glass should be a point of emphasis in this one.
The Kings, who have failed to win a road game since the All-Star break, should have a good chance to record their 27th win of the season tonight, but will need to get the whole team involved like they did against Orlando. Without any dominant offensive players on the roster, the team will need to rely on everyone to get wins moving forward.