A fourth quarter collapse against the Los Angeles Lakers resulted in another loss for the Sacramento Kings yesterday evening. The Kings look to erase the memory of last night’s game in Salt Lake City as they take on the Utah Jazz tonight. Join James Ham and Jonathan Santiago for the CK Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+, which starts immediately after the game. The video will be embedded below.
What to watch
1. Trey Burke vs. the Kings’ point guards
The Jazz rookie guard started the season on the injury list because of a fractured finger. Since returning, Utah has seen slight improvement in their play. Burke might pose a challenge to the Kings, but Isaiah Thomas might have something to say about that. The Kings backup point guard has played scintillating basketball in his last two games, scoring 24 points against the Thunder on Tuesday and recording 14 points and nine assists against the Lakers last night.
2. Crashing the defensive glass
The Jazz haven’t much to be hang their hats on this season with the exception of their rebounding. Coming into tonight’s game, Utah is currently ranked in the top 10 in offensive rebounds. Sacramento, on the other hand, has been one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. How will the Kings’ bigs fare against the Jazz’s frontline of Kanter and Favors?
3. Energy of the bench
The Kings received a huge boost from their bench last night. Thomas led the way with his scoring, but John Salmons also played a solid game. The veteran forward finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. The Kings are a much tougher team to handle when their bench is contributing.