SACRAMENTO -- The countdown is in full effect. The Sacramento Kings have just five games remaining in storied Sleep Train Arena (aka Arco Arena), beginning Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards. They move into the Golden 1 Center in October for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Sacramento sat 60-percent of their starting five on Monday night in Portland and paid the price. DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay missed the game to rest while the remainder of the squad took a 105-93 drubbing at the hands of the Trail Blazers.
The Wizards, like the Kings, are on the outside looking in of the NBA’s playoff picture. Washington trails the Indiana Pacers by three games for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference with just eight remaining. Injuries and inconsistent play have wiped out a promising season for Wizards who made it to the conference semi-finals last year.
Wizards by 3
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 29-45, third place in Pacific
Wizards: 36-38, fourth place in Southeast
MATCHUP TO WATCH
DeMarcus Cousins vs. Marcin Gortat -- When these two teams faced off in December, Gortat worked Cousins over for 27 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. With Cousins sitting out against Portland, he should have fresh legs when facing the Polish Hammer.
Kings: SG Marco Belinelli (sore right foot) out.
Wizards: F Alan Anderson (groin) questionable.
The Wizards lead the season series against the Kings 1-0, handing Sacramento an ugly 113-99 loss on Dec. 21 in Washington. The Kings hold a 103-88 advantage all-time over the Wizards and a 30-29 lead during the Sacramento-era.
“My commitment to the Sacramento Kings goes back to my days as a player and I’m grateful to continue playing my part in creating a winning future for the Sacramento Kings. I know that we have what it takes to be a successful franchise and I look forward to continuing to improve and build on the progress that we’ve made.” -Vlade Divac on signing a new contract to remain the Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager