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Monday, December 8, 2008
The Martinless Kings will reign down
Tuesday, December 9th Sacramento Kings (5-16) vs' Los Angeles Lakers (17-2)
Lets start with some unfavoring numbers for the Kings. The Sacramento Kings have lost 11 of its last 12 games with 8 straight losses at HOME. The fact that Kevin Martin (left ankle) will not be playing in tonight's game will put that final nail in the coffin.
Spencer Hawes, Kings PF has his hands full with Gasol but he has been playing well and will have to construct a great game in order for the Kings to be in contention.
The surprising King will be Francisco Garcia. He will be filling in for Martin's absence. Garcia is fresh off an injury and is wanting to prove himself and tonight will be an opportunity for him to do so.
Kings PG Beno Udrih is producing consistent numbers averaging just under 13 pts. but not the kind of numbers that will help contribute to the Lakers usual 4th quarter open door policy for possible upsets. D. Fish will handle him defensively.
Lets not forget about John Salmons here. This man can put up some high numbers and has been all year. Salmons is averaging a career-high 19.3 PPG.
With the firing of 3 NBA coaches already this season, Kings head coach Reggie Theus is under tremendous pressure to turn this team around. With this pressure, two things will happen, either coach Theus may have relentless hunger to orchestrate such a miraculous turnaround or he may have already just given up knowing the inevitable.
One thing is for certain, The Lakers will win tonight with a Bucks-like outcome.