Kings Hit the Road to Start Season

By Rob Small,

For Sacramento Kings fans the wait is almost over. The Kings will face the Minnesota Timberwolves today, as the NBA continues to tip-off its season today.

The bad news is that the Kings will be without Tyreke Evans, who is serving a one-game suspension after pleading no contest to reckless driving. The good news is that the team will have Evans and may have new center Samuel Dalembert on  Friday when they play against the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey.

Dalembert, a defensive stopper the Kings traded for over the summer, was sidelined for all seven preseason games because of a left adductor strain.

Although he was supposed to be sidelined until-late November but Dalembert said that he’s ahead of schedule.

Head coach Paul Westphal, however, will let the medical staff determine if he’s ready to play or not. “We’ll do whatever the doctors say,” he said. “But he’s still got to get some basketball timing. We’ll see.”

Westphal also said that after Dalembert played in a half court scrimmage, Dalembert looked “rusty but healthy.” Not bad for a guy who was supposed to be sidelined for another month.

The Kings will fly out to Minneapolis today to take on the T’Wolves tomorrow to start a three-game road trip. Beno Udrih will start at point guard, Francisco García at shooting guard, Donté Greene at small forward, Carl Landry at power forward and rookie DeMarcus Cousins at center.

Evans will take García’s place when he returns.

After playing the Nets on Friday the Kings will take on the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers before they return home.

Although the T’Wolves were the league’s second-worst team last year, in front of the Nets, Westphal sees them as an improved team. “They were 6-2 in the preseason,” he said. “They showed that they are determined to play hard and play together and pass some people in the standings. They have a great rebounding team.

“They’ve been shooting the ball extremely well behind the arc and we’ve been defending behind the arc really well. Something’s got to give.”

It’s important that the Kings start the season off right. The Kings haven’t won their first road game since starting on the for the last six seasons. Westphal gave the keys to beating Minnesota.

“It’s important that we do our job on the (rebounds) and defend their three-point shooters and execute our offense,” he said. “We’ve been moving the ball a lot better in practice the last couple of days and we need to bring that to Minnesota.”

The Kings made some moves over the summer to improve the roster and have had a preseason to gel together, finishing with a 3-4 record.

Now it’s time for them to put their skills to the test. Unlike preseason, the next 82 games they play will count.

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1 Comment for “Kings Hit the Road to Start Season”

  1. You guys have a nice young nucleus. Should get 30+ wins this season.

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