January 15, 2017, 2:34 pm
The Sacramento Kings continue their home stand Sunday night when they host Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden 1 Center. Despite playing their last five games at home, the Kings have struggled to string together wins and capitalize on their opportunity.
Despite the loss of Kevin Durant in the offseason, the Thunder have found a way to continue to compete in the tough Western Conference. Their play has not been at the level that fans have come to expect in recent years, but at 24-17, they are still a dangerous group when locked in.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Steven Adams has established himself as one of the better defensive centers in the NBA this season, and his physicality could give DeMarcus Cousins some trouble tonight. If Cousins can get Adams into foul trouble early, it would go a long way towards breaking down Oklahoma City’s defense. For that reason, getting Cousins the ball in the low post early and often may be a priority. If not, his ability to stretch out the defense should help keep Adams out of the paint.
- Russell Westbrook is almost impossible to contain, and is incredibly likely to matchup well with both Darren Collison and Ty Lawson. The Kings should look to get Garrett Temple on Westbrook as often as possible to try and keep his penetration to a minimum. If the Kings can’t hold off Westbrook, they’ll be in for a long night
With just two more games to go before heading back on the road, this game represents one of the team’s final opportunities to salvage whatever they can from the current home stand. The Thunder have plenty of talent, so Sacramento will need to bring their A-game Sunday night.