Sacramento Kings at Boston Celtics Preview: Kings Fighting For Playoff Viability

By Joseph Crevier
Kelley L. Cox-USA Today Sports

Tonight the Boston Celtics will be squaring off against the unfamiliar Western Conference opponent, Sacramento Kings. Each team is currently sitting at 17 wins on the season and seem to be lottery bound. However, both the Kings and Celtics are in totally opposite situations.

Sacramento is looking to try and make a push into the playoffs, which will be very difficult standing at 17-32, while Boston is really focused on getting a high pick in this year’s draft. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay have been playing lights out lately, dropping 25 and 24 points last game against the Toronto Raptors, respectively. Before Gay was shipped out the Kings weren’t sure where they were headed as a team, but now that the team has another star to pair with Cousins, the Kings have adopted a completely different outlook on this season. After the game Gay told the Sacramento Bee this about the Kings’ effort, “We had a great defensive effort for the most part,” Gay said. “Obviously, we had a little bit of a breakdown there in the fourth, but for the most part we played pretty good defense.”

Sacramento has had a very difficult time over the past few years trying to improve their record and their roster. Every game counts now that the Kings are heading in the right direction. The team wants to prove to themselves as well as their fans that it was worth the battle to stay in Sacramento. Don’t rollover on Boston yet, though, as the team will most definitely put up a fight. GM Danny Ainge has done a fantastic job so far in constructing a solid team. Even though the record does not reflect it, the team has remained pretty competitive in most games this season. It should be a fun battle between Cousins and Boston big man Jared Sullinger who has put up monster numbers over the last three games.

The game is expected to tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET at the TD Garden. If you do not live locally, the game can be seen on NBA League Pass.

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