Kings Speech: Game 52 vs. Houston Rockets

Marcus Thornton stands alone in the backcourt against the Phoenix Suns. (Photo: Steven Chea)
The Sacramento Kings attempt to duplicate the success of “Here We Buy Night” when they welcome in the Houston Rockets into Sleep Train Arena this evening. ¬†The Kings easily defeated the Utah Jazz, 120-109, in front of a healthy crowd of 16,000-plus yesterday night.

Six Kings players scored in double-figures in Saturday’s win, including Marcus Thornton. ¬†The Kings sixth man shook off his recent struggles to score 24 points in 27 minutes. ¬†Kings coach Keith Smart said that a heart to heart with Thornton helped one of his best scorers play at a high level last night.

I talked with Marcus a little bit and tried to negotiate with his time of coming into the basketball game. ¬†And I thought that helped him. ¬†I said to him a couple times in practice, “what you put in is what you get out of it”. ¬†And I thought he did a great job over the last couple days of practicing at a real high rate. ¬†Got away from the me syndrome or why I’m not (playing). ¬†(Instead) hey, what you put in is what you get out. ¬†And I thought him being in a role where he got a little bit earlier minutes into the basketball game, I think that kind of got him into a mode of playing very well.

The Kings have their hands full with the Rockets backcourt.  James Harden is having a career year, which has been rewarded with his first All-Star nod.  Linsanity may not be in full effect these days, but Jeremy Lin is still more than capable of having a standout performance here and there.  Isaiah Thomas offered his take on the Rockets two guards.

Two good guards. ¬†James Harden’s one of the best guards in the NBA and then Jeremy Lin, he’s pretty good too. ¬†So, we gotta bring our hard hat and be ready, come to work and try to slow those guys down.

Tip-off between the Kings and Jazz is set for 6 pm PT.  Visit Cowbell Kingdom throughout the day for continued pre and postgame coverage.

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