Road Reaction Postgame Show: Detroit Pistons 99, Sacramento Kings 89
The Sacramento Kings continue their seven-game road trip with a visit to the Motor City. Tonight’s match-up between the Kings and Detroit Pistons is the front-end of a back-to-back for Sacramento. Join Jonathan Santiago and James Ham for the Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+ after the game. The show can be watched on the video player embedded below. You can also join the discussion of tonight’s game by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
What to watch
1. Andre Drummond versus DeMarcus Cousins
Drummond has improved by leaps and bounds since being drafted into the league in 2012 and is now looked at as one of the true up-and-coming centers in the NBA. He is coming off an 18 point, 22 rebound performance against the Celtics and averaging a career-high 13.2 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. If Cousins can get him in foul trouble early, the Kings have a solid shot at snapping their two-game losing streak.
2. Can the Kings move past their selfish play?
The Kings assisted basket numbers have plummeted as the season has worn on, while the turnover numbers have completely gotten out of hand. Against the Nets, the Kings turned the ball over a season-high 24 times and registered just 11 assists in the loss. Thomas tied his career-high with seven turnovers and finished with just four assists in 36 minutes. Sacramento needs to start valuing the ball or this road trip will completely spiral out of control.
3. Will the big three share the spotlight?
Thomas, Gay and Cousins are not only the Kings big three, but they have pretty much become the Kings only three. It’s time for this trio to get their teammates involved on the offensive end and start moving the ball. The mark of a great player isn’t how many points they can score, it is whether they can make the players around them better. So far, no luck.