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The Kings are reeling heading into Saturday’s matchup versus the Jazz after DeMarcus Cousins ripped his team’s effort in Thursday’s 101-78 home loss to Dallas. And now rumors are swirling that Sacramento’s coach, Tyrone Corbin, could be on the way out in favor of George Karl.
Sacramento (17-31) has lost 10 of its last 11 games and faces Utah (17-33), a team that has lost three straight games, including dropping seven of its last 10.
Two hungry teams will be on the floor at Energy Solutions Arena and only one will get something that’s proven elusive for the Kings and Jazz this season -- a win.
Jazz by 5.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Rudy Gay vs. Gordon Hayward -- Gay was 2-for-13 for just 11 points on Thursday against the Mavs, which was nine below his average. He will look to bounce back versus Hayward, who averages 19.4 points per night for Utah.
1. Energy –- The Kings absolutely have to bring it.
2. Focus –- Sacramento must be impervious through all the distractions and simply play.
3. Winning time –- With Collison’s availability uncertain, making the right plays at critical junctures on the road to get the win are amplified.
Kings: G Darren Collison (right hip flexor strain) is out and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) is out.
Jazz: G Alec Burks (left shoulder surgery) and Rodney Hood (left foot inflammation) are out.
This is the second of four meetings this season between the Kings and the Jazz. The Kings took the first meeting 101-92 on Dec. 8. Utah won last season’s series, 2-1, leads the all-time series versus the Kings, 95-79, including 72-46 in the Sacramento era.
“To come in and lay down like we did is unacceptable. Have some self respect. Act like you care. That’s what it’s coming down to." -- Kings center DeMarcus Cousins after Thursday’s loss the Mavs
Watch Insider Bill Herenda tonight offer up “Herenda’s Agenda” on Kings Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.