The Sacramento Kings are riding a high after a victory over Minnesota last night, as the Suns come to visit them looking for another win in the tight Western Playoff Race.
And as with every Sac-to game, this won’t be an easy task.
The Suns have been doing quite well against their divisional rival so far, racking up 2 wins and looking to sweep the series in the capital of California, but, when playing the Kings you have to remember, this is a team that trapped the Suns twice last season in dramatic fashion. This is a team that can go off unless you hold their young stars defensively, and execute well offensively. Basically, your recipe for any other win, but without the Suns famous brainfarts.
The interesting battles will however come on two ends of the lineup. The point guard matchup of Steve Nash and Isaiah Thomas the tiny Mr. Irrevelant of the 2011 draft, who has been rolling ever since he received a starting spot from coach Keith Smart. This is not the only vet-meets-youngster matchup that we’ll have tonight, as Marcin Gortat goes up against DeMarcus Cousins in an epic battle of the bigs that will probably include: a) pick and rolls b) ill advised shots from DMC c) A LOT OF REBOUNDS.
However, as these match ups might just balance themselves out, the big one here might be Tyreke Evans vs Jared Dudley, as Jared will have the unfortunate “honour” of replacing Grant Hill as the teams primary wing defender. Tyreke struggled mightily with Grant defending him, however Jared might be a pleasant player to play against for him. The recipe, however? Don’t let him drive. Which is easier said and done of course.
Now, the battle of the contender and the lottery picker begins.
Where will it go? We can only hope it goes the Suns way, I guess.