Programming note: Kings-Bulls coverage starts today at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California (territory restrictions apply), and streaming live right here.
The Kings enter the Windy City with bluster and drama on and off the court
After DeMarcus Cousins' buzzer beater downed the Suns on Sunday, the center delivered some enigmatic comments to the media.
"I ain't pumped up, I just got a lot on my mind," Cousins said. "Crazy thing about it, I just got a question for ya'll: I just wanna know how you're gonna stop God's plan? How are you gonna do that? How are you gonna do that? This city put through me so much, I stayed loyal to it the whole time.
"God gives the hardest battles to the strongest souls. The marathon continues. I'm out."
Additionally, rumors continue to swirl around a move to replace Kings coach Tyrone Corbin in favor of George Karl, who would become Sacramento’s third coach this season.
Sacramento (18-32), with injuries to two starters that may keep them off the floor, faces Chicago (32-20) in the first of a back-to-back with a trip to Milwaukee looming on Wednesday which is Sacramento’s final game before the All-Star break.
Bulls by 12.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Derrick Rose vs Ramon Sessions -- Sessions was solid in his second consecutive start on Sunday, scoring 10 points, distributing six assists and collecting seven rebounds in the win over the Suns.
1) Impervious to distraction –- The Kings must maintain their focus vs. a quality opponent on the road.
2) Avarice for rebounding –- Pau Gasol (33) and DeMarcus Cousins (32) are first and second in the NBA respectively in double-doubles. The battle of the United Center glass is paramount.
3) KYP- Know your personnel –- Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah must be contested and defended.
Kings: G Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain) is out while F Rudy Gay (sore left foot) is questionable.
Bulls -- F Mike Dunleavy (right ankle) is questionable, while G Kirk Hinrich (left turf toe) is out.
The Kings and Bulls meet for the second and final time this season after Sacramento defeated Chicago 103-88 on Nov. 20 at Sleep Train Arena.
The teams split last season’s series with each squad protecting its home court. The Bulls lead the overall series 77-75, which includes a 30-28 advantage in the Sacramento era.
Catch Insider Bill Herenda breaking down the Kings on Kings Pre and Postgame Live, tonight on Comcast SportsNet California