April 9, 2017, 7:27 pm
We are now in the final week of the regular season. The Kings have just two games remaining on the schedule, the Suns and the Clippers. The best they can do is 33 wins which was last years win total but it would be unlikely they reach that mark because of the final game against the Clippers. The only real meaning the final two games have is for development of the young guys. They continue to get better with each game and it’s been incredibly promising seeing them grow post All-Star break; it gives Kings fans some hope for the future.
Tuesday, April 11 – vs. Phoenix Suns (24-57)
Not that this matters a whole lot, but the Kings do have the season series to play for in this one. They come in with a 2-1 series lead so a win would mean they win the season series against the Suns, which isn’t much to brag about.
Devin Booker will be a handful to guard as always so he will be someone to keep an eye on. The Kings may not be playing many veterans in this one so it could be a battle of the youth. It’s also the final home game of the year for Sacramento so they will be looking to round out the maiden season in the Golden 1 Center in style.
Wednesday, April 12 – @ Los Angeles Clippers (49-31)
This game may be more competitive than you might think. The Clippers are looking to retain homecourt advantage in the first-round of the playoffs so they will be gunning for a win here. Sacramento completed a major upset last time out against the Clippers, in Los Angeles too, so the Kings won’t be intimidated at all.
However, the Clippers will likely not make the same mistake twice and will bring it to the young Sacramento lineup from the get go. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick will be a handful to guard but it will be a great experience for the Kings against top flight competition.
- The Kings are neck and neck with Minnesota and Dallas as far as draft position goes so losing both games this week could be a bonus. Obviously the team should go out there and try to win because developing a winning mentality is far more important than draft position; but in the case they do happen to lose, it’s not too big of a deal.
- The Pelicans’ pick currently sits at number 10 but Kings fans are crossing their fingers that pick ends up higher. It’s unlikely they move from that spot and it would rely on them losing their last two games and the Wolves and Mavs winning all of their remaining games. Keep an eye on those teams throughout the week as their results will have fairly big lottery implications.
Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) – out for the season
Malachi Richardson (partially torn hamstring) – out for the season