• The Sacramento Kings will look for their third straight win Friday night against the Houston Rockets at the Golden 1 Center.  This will be the final game of the team’s current home stand.

    The Rockets have been revived under new head coach Mike D’Antoni, and are a much more dangerous team than what Kings fans saw last season.  James Harden has had some spectacular performances this season, and has been surrounded by more complimentary players offensively this year.  Much like Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the key tonight will be containing Harden as much as possible.

    Here are some notes heading into the game:

    • The Rockets are very dangerous offensively, and are capable of putting up points in a hurry without any warning.  It will be important for the team to remember that no lead is truly safe, and make sure that they don’t let the game get out of hand early.
    • Wednesday night was likely the best performance of the season for Sacramento, and the rotations used appeared to work very well for the team. There has been a fair amount of inconsistency to this point, so it will be interesting to see if Dave Joerger sticks to what worked so well against Oklahoma City.
    • Garrett Temple is emerging as the best perimeter defender on the team, and is slowing getting more time on the floor.  With the King’s struggles defending the perimeter, his defensive intensity and positional versatility is a breath of fresh air, and should be a major asset moving forward.

    A victory would put the team in a great position heading into their six game road trip.  Houston is a fairly tough opponent, but Sacramento has beaten other talented teams and should have enough to come out with the win.




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