Kings’ Speech: Game 44 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Thomas Robinson secures the ball in a scrum against the Phoenix Suns. (Photo: Steven Chea)

The Sacramento Kings try to end a brief two-game homestand on a high note when they welcome in the Oklahoma City Thunder into Sleep Train Arena.  The Thunder arrive in Sacramento after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the second-game of a back-to-back.  The Kings have meanwhile dropped three out of their last four games.

One of those losses came Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns, a team that just fired its head coach.  Thomas Robinson knows that game was winnable, but thinks that the loss could be a blessing in disguise.

We know we needed that W, but it kind of put a little anger in everybody (and creates anxiousness) to play that next game.  Luckily, it’s OKC and (if) we take that anger out from the loss last night on them, and play good and play together, then we should have a good game.

As a big, Robinson will likely collide with Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka on numerous occasions tonight.  He has great respect for what kind of player Ibaka has become.

I always thought Ibaka was a great player.  And then once he started adding the offensive part, hitting the 15 to 18 foot jump shot, it made him dangerous. I think that’s what took him to another level as an elite big in this league.

Tip-off between the Kings and Thunder is set for 7 pm at Sleep Train Arena.  Follow Cowbell Kingdom for continued pre and post game coverage.

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