Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings 106, New York Knicks 101

The Sacramento Kings are in the Big Apple taking on the New York Knicks tonight, attempting to avoid a winless four-game road trip.¬† 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. Can the Kings get out of their own way?

The Kings have played a like a distracted team during this four-game road trip. ¬†The lack of focus has had its effects on their performance, particularly on offense. ¬†Over their last three games, the Kings have averaged just 90.3 points per contest and shot 38.7 percent from the field. ¬†The Kings have to get over whatever’s bothering them or otherwise face a winless trip headed into the All-Star Break.

2. Can the Kings slow down “the others”?

Kings minority owner¬†Shaquille O’Neal¬†likes to refer to the players surrounding a team’s stars as “the others”. ¬†The Knicks are team that’s built around one superstar in Carmelo Anthony. ¬†Stopping one of the league’s best scorers is a hopeful proposition, but slowing everyone around him isn’t. ¬†The Kings, however, are one of the worst defensive teams in the league so stopping the likes of Iman Shumpert or¬†Tim Hardaway¬†Jr. will be no easy task tonight.

3. Three-point containment

All season long, defending the three has been a problematic issue for the Kings. ¬†Against the Cavaliers, Sacramento allowed the Cavs to shoot 57 percent on 12-of-21 shooting from distance. ¬†The Knicks are a team that’s relies heavily on the three. ¬†Coming into tonight’s game, they take the seventh most threes in the league and are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. ¬†How will the Kings, who allow the third highest 3-point percentage in the league this season, fare tonight in Madison Square Garden?

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