Kings vs. Mavericks Preview #3
With the playoffs out of reach for the Sacramento Kings, they will take the floor for five more games. They will begin tonight against the Dallas Mavericks at the Golden 1 Center.
Buddy Hield was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in March yesterday.
“He’s been working hard, trying to learn a new place and how to play in the league, and he’s improving,” Kings coach Dave Joerger told the Sacramento Bee. “He had one of his better games against Minnesota.”
The Kings and the Mavericks have defeated each other in the first two matchups, and the games weren’t close at all.
First Game- In the first matchup, the Kings won 120-89 behind a phenomenal performance by Garrett Temple and Darren Collison. Temple finished with 17 points on 83 percent shooting from the field. He was a +10 for the night. Collison on the other hand had 19 points, three assists and shot 50 percent from the field.
The Kings were coming off a 3-game losing skid and were battling out west for a playoff spot.
Second Game- In the second matchup, the Kings lost 99-79. DeMarcus Cousins led them with 33 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. The Kings also shot 40 percent from the field and could not stop the Mavericks defensively.
“We’re playing to win. I’m never going to not play to win,” Dallas guard Wesley Matthews told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s what this room is like, too. We love basketball, and that’s what we’re here to do.”
Don Weir’s Reno Dodge Key’s to the Game:
1: Give guys like Skal and Hield more minutes
2: Contain Harrison Barnes and make someone else beat you
3: Fight hard (you have nothing to lose)