Preview: Sacramento Kings hope to snap two-game skid against Suns
After returning home from a road trip that saw a seven-game winning streak come to an end, the Sacramento Kings will be back in action on Monday night when the Phoenix Suns take the floor at Golden 1 Center.
Can the Kings extend its home winning streak to seven games? Will the Suns have future Hall of Fame guard Chris Paul available against Sacramento?
Here’s everything that you need to know for Kings vs Suns:
Mike Brown says that the team is encouraging struggling rookie Keegan Murray to keep shooting.
Brown only has one critique on Murray’s shot selection:
“If you drive to the basket, dunk on somebody. Do not give cats respect that they don’t deserve in this league.” pic.twitter.com/TlDb5xw3DJ
— Frankie Cartoscelli (@FCartoscelli3) November 27, 2022
Where To Watch & Listen To Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns
When: 7:00 PM PST
Where: Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140 AM – Pregame coverage starts at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night
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What To Watch For
Can Keegan Murray Break Through The Wall?
Rookie forward Keegan Murray has looked lost during the past two weeks of action.
Over the past 11 games, Murray is averaging 7.2 points per game on 32 percent shooting from the field and 26 percent shooting from beyond the three-point line. The fourth-overall pick from June’s NBA Draft is getting open looks on the perimeter, but the shots aren’t falling right now as the rookie has hit somewhat of a ‘rookie wall’ just 17 games into his career.
Kings head coach Mike Brown voiced words of encouragement for Murray during Sunday’s practice as he stated that the team is telling the forward to keep shooting the basketball. As questions mount surrounding Murray’s status in the starting lineup, it’s expected that Brown will not make any changes in that regard as Sacramento has won seven of its past nine games with the current lineup construction.
Of course, Brown has long said that what matters more to him is which players are on the floor late in games, not for the tip-off. We could see more closing lineups that include Malik Monk, Davion Mitchell, or even KZ Okpala for a defensive punch if Murray’s struggles continue.
Fox vs Booker
Two Kentucky Wild Cats will face off on Monday night.
De’Aaron Fox and Devin Booker will face off for the 11th time in their careers, and the two stars will be playing a tiebreaker of sorts as the head-to-head series is locked in a 5-5 tie:
As Fox hopes to secure the first All-Star nod of his career, he will have to rack up some meaningful wins against formidable opponents like Booker and the Western Conference-leading Suns.
- Sacramento and Phoenix split a four-game set last season
- The Kings are seeking their first win vs Phoenix at Golden 1 Center since December 26, 2020
- Chima Moneke, Keon Ellis and Neemias Queta are on G-League assignment
- Trey Lyles – OUT (non-COVID illness)
- Chris Paul – OUT (right heel soreness)
- Jae Crowder – OUT (not with team)
- Cameron Johnson – OUT (right meniscus tear)
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Upcoming Sacramento Kings Schedule
Monday, November 28th – Sacramento Kings vs Phoenix Suns – 7:00 PM PST
Wednesday, November 30th – Sacramento Kings vs Indiana Pacers – 7:00 PM PST
Saturday, December 3rd – Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers – 1:00 PM PST
Sunday, December 4th – Sacramento Kings vs Chicago Bulls – 3:00 PM PST
Wednesday, December 7th – Sacramento Kings @ Milwaukee Bucks – 5:00 PM PST
Friday, December 9th – Sacramento Kings @ Cleveland Cavaliers – 4:30 PM PST
Sunday, December 11th – Sacramento Kings @ New York Knicks – 3:00 PM PST