The Sacramento Kings look to turn things around on the road this afternoon, as they prepare to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons was a classic example of why the Kings have struggled on the road this season. They came out hard in the first quarter, continuing to play at a high level and fast paced style of game. But they couldn’t manage to pull it together in the final quarter.
As the Kings prepare to face the Cavaliers tonight, the two teams are both without key players. Anderson Varejao leads the league in rebounds per game, but has missed the last six games due to a bruised right knee. Without Varejao, Demarcus Cousins should dominate the boards tonight, and help create offensive opportunities for his teammates.
The Kings are still without Tyreke Evans, who traveled to Los Angeles to seek a second opinion on his troublesome left knee. Sacramento will also be without Marcus Thornton due to his sprained ankle. The two guards are the Kings second and third leading scorers. Without both of them, Sacramento will look to Isaiah Thomas and Aaron Brooks to carry the burden to compensate for the absences of Evans and Thornton. Thus, making it crucial that Sacramento takes advantage on the glass with Anderson Varejao out.
Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving is having another career season averaging 22.7 points and 5.6 assists per game. The Kings will need to find a way to slow the talented young guard down, and keep him from having a big scoring night. C.J. Miles is coming off a season high 33 points against the Nets, a game in which he hit eight three pointers. The Kings will need to do their best to contain the Cavaliers. Stopping Irving from having a big night offensively, would be a step in the right direction.
5 John Salmons Forward
34 Jason Thompson Forward
15 DeMarcus Cousins Center
32 Francisco Garcia Guard
22 Isaiah Thomas Guard
33 Alonzo Gee Forward
13 Tristan Thompson Forward
40 Tyler Zeller Center
2 Kyrie Irving Guard
3 Dion Waiters Guard
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