The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings will be facing off tonight in Cleveland, Ohio. Tyronn Lue and his Cavaliers are coming into the game going 1-2 in their last three games, while George Karl and his Sacramento Kings have lost 3 straight.
If Karl and his team want to win just their 2nd game in their last 9 outings, they’re going to have to exploit their mismatch in the post.
DeMarcus Cousins is arguably one of the best big men in the NBA today, averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds per game. He’ll be facing off against a Cleveland interior, that is largely split between Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love.
Love has been banged up with a bruised left thigh, but he is listed as probably for tonight’s game. Kevin Love at one hundred percent would still have trouble dealing with Cousins in the post, so Lue will most likely be forced to use the offensively-challenged, Tristan Thompson on Cousins for the majority of the night.
While Cousins has some of the best production across the league, Sacramento is still losing games at an alarming rate. Their only win over their last 8 games, came against the Milwaukee Bucks.
So the team in first place in the Eastern Conference, felt like David Blatt had to be fired, despite their success, but George Karl is able to keep his job after this continued stretch of bad basketball? The NBA is a weird league this year.
Cousins commented on his team’s recent struggles following a game over the weekend, “Biggest thing, I guess we’ve got to find a better energy and effort as a team. We’ve got to find a solution, because right now whatever we’re doing isn’t working”.
While tonight may be the night that Cousins’ can continue feasting in the paint, he will not have much help from the other two most important scorers on his offense. Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore both missed their game on Sunday with a sprained left ankle and a sprained right wrist respectively.
It will be interesting to see how much longer Karl can manage to keep his job, while continuing to lose games.
He apparently does not seem too worried about the type of basketball his team has been playing, as can be seen in this statement, “We’re losing games, but our basketball has not been bad basketball. It’s been not good enough to win basketball, which happens in the NBA every night. Just because you lose doesn’t mean you don’t play good basketball”.
With the trouble Sacramento has been having winning games, expect Lebron James and co. to go out on their home floor and take care of business.