Enemy: Cowbell Kingdom
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- Last season’s Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans will miss his 19 consecutive game when the Kings take the court Wednesday night. A Kings team that hasn’t been very good WITH Evans this season is even worse without him, having won just four of the 21 games Evans has missed this season.
- Sacramento is coming off an emotional home win Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Kings fans united under the “Here We Stay” mantra, as they attempt to convince ownership not to pursue other options for the future of the team. Once the league’s very loudest building, Arco Arena was sold out and rocking as the Kings fed off the fans and downed the visiting Clippers. At the least, it seems unlikely Kings players will be able to capture that energy and bring it on the road to Milwaukee. Sacramento is just 8-25 on the road this season.
- A bright spot for the team of late has been the play of recently acquired guard Marcus Thornton. In 14 games with Sacramento, Thornton has averaged 21.4 points per game while tallying a healthy 20.8 PER. While it’s easy to write off his accomplishments as the ball hogging of a second year player on a sinking ship, it seems like Thornton’s scoring spree is a little more meaningful than that. He proved in his rookie season with the Hornets that he was a capable bench scorer, not a role most rookies fit so naturally. It’s tough to project that Thornton will be a 20-point scorer consistently in the NBA, but at the very least, he’s solidifying himself as a very good scorer off the bench.
- DeMarcus Cousins did not start in Monday’s win and was ejected in the game previous. No word on whether he’ll start Wednesday night, but he’s certainly a player Milwaukee will have to watch. He has the talent, and temperament, to impact every game one way or the other.
- In three of Carlos Delfino’s last seven games he’s made just two of 17 shots. In the other five he’s connected on 28 of 45. Which Delfino will show up against the Kings? Thanks to Sacramento’s shaky defense, probably the second one. And if things are going well for the Bucks, they may not even need another 40 minutes of that Carlos like they did in the past two.
Prediction: Bucks 106 – Kings 86
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook (right sidebar).