April 11, 2017, 11:12 am
The Sacramento Kings will play the second-to-last game of the season and their final game at home Wednesday night, taking on the Phoenix Suns. Both teams have been out of contention for a while now, and have shifted their focus to the future.
The Kings have established a solid core of young players to build with moving forward, and will be looking to use these games as an opportunity to see what they have going into the offseason. The team will potentially have two picks in the top ten of the upcoming draft, which will be a good opportunity to supplement the talent that is already on the roster.
The Suns have a similar situation, with young players like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Alan Williams and a few others that have the potential to be contributors for the team moving forward. With the team currently siting in the second spot in the upcoming draft lottery, Phoenix will also have a good chance to add to their current collection of young talent.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- Tyler Ulis has been more than effective since replacing Eric Bledsoe, dishing out plenty of assists while also finding his own shot. Ulis will be a tough cover for whoever starts at point guard for the Kings, and containing him will likely be one of the main focuses for Dave Joerger.
- Devin Booker is reportedly not playing tonight, but there is still plenty of talent on the perimeter in Phoenix. TJ Warren has been a great presence for the team as both a scorer and rebounder, and has managed to maintain his efficiency despite increased usage. Between Warren and Ulis, the Suns will put plenty of pressure on the Kings’ perimeter defenders.
Phoenix has struggled to compete all season, but they can still be dangerous when everything clicks. The Kings will likely have the upper hand heading into the game, but the team will need to focus on shutting down the Sun’s young talent to win their final home game of the season.