Sacramento will look to regain the services of Tyreke Evans tonight after the guard has missed the last 7 of 8 games due to a bruised right knee. The Kings will need Evans to step up tonight, and get right back on track.
The Kings allowed 32 points off 20 turnovers in Monday’s loss to the Mavericks, and will need to take better care of the ball tonight. They only forced eight turnovers Monday as well. With Sacramento struggling to find consistent shooting from the field, they cannot afford to turn the ball over, allowing other teams to get into the open court and score easy baskets.
The Kings have had major problems with their second unit in both of their last two games. They have struggled to find scoring from their bench players other than Marcus Thornton. If the Kings hope to win tonight, they will need better bench production.
The Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis are premier guards in this league and both are more than capable of having big scoring nights. The Kings will need to do their best to disrupt the two guards, and keep them from getting comfortable shots.
The Kings will be without starting center Demarcus Cousins after the league suspended the big man earlier today for inadvertently hitting O.J. Mayo in the groin area. The two were involved in a scuffle with 3:35 remaining in the second quarter of Mondays game. O.J. Mayo can be clearly seen grabbing at Demarcus Cousins and holding onto his arms throughout the “incident.” Mayo has been very vocal about the incident, and has at times slandered Cousins, saying that the Kings’ center had “mental issues” and is a “garbage player.” The league took action this morning as Executive Vice President Stu Jackson announced Cousins suspension. While Cousins clearly hit Mayo in the groin area; it seems very obvious that the incident occurred only after O.J. Mayo repeatedly fouls Cousins in the paint.
If the Kings hope to win tonight, they must play team basketball, and find the open man. They must share the ball, and play tough minded competitive defense.
No. Player Position
3 Aaron Brooks G
13 Tyreke Evans G
5 John Salmons F
34 Jason Thompson F
42 Chuck Hayes C
No. Player Position
3 Brandon Jennings G
11 Monta Ellis G
6 Marquis Daniels F
8 Larry Sanders F
13 Ekpe Udoh C
Topics: Aaron Brooks, Brandon Jennings, Chuck Hayes, Dallas Mavericks, DeMarcus Cousins, Ekpe Udoh, Jason Thompson, John Salmons, Larry Sanders, Marcus Thornton, Marquis Daniels, Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis, O.J. Mayo, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans