Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Notable Games

Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Schedule: 5 Games That Stand Out

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DeMarcus Cousins’ standout play during the group stage of the FIBA World Cup has turned many heads, and there is no doubt more eyes will be on the Sacramento Kings this season than usual. With a young core of Cousins, Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas and veteran Rudy Gay, the Kings are looking to improve in their second year under coach Mike Malone. These five games will provide a litmus test of how the Kings’ rebuilding efforts are going.

5. Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, November 7

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5. Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns, November 7

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In just their sixth tilt of the season, the Kings will head down to Phoenix to visit their old teammate Isaiah Thomas. He will surely do his best to bring it to the Kings, and the Kings will have to prove that they made the right move in choosing new point guard Darren Collison over Thomas.

4. Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets, December 11

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4. Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets, December 11

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With his above-average play as a member of Team USA this summer, Cousins will deservedly enter the season with lofty expectations. When the Rox and their talented center Dwight Howard swing through Sacramento, Boogie and company will have a chance to prove once and for all that Cousins is the superior center and deserves All-NBA and All-Star considerations.

3. Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons, January 4

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3. Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons, January 4

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Similarly, the Kings’ swing through the Motor City will pit DMC with another up-and-coming center in Andre Drummond. Winning this matchup will help Boogie prove he is a dominant center in the NBA, and that the Kings can hang with any team when he is playing his A-game.

2. Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers, January 11

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2. Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers, January 11

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With Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, the Cavs look like they are going to have one of the top offenses of all time this season. No other team will provide a better test of the Kings’ defense, which Malone has poured countless hours into improving. Moreover, a win against what looks to be one of the top teams in the league this season would show the basketball world that the Kings mean business.

1. Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors, October 29

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1. Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors, October 29

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With significant changes in the Kings’ backcourt this offseason and Boogie’s work with Team USA, the Kings may look very different this season. Therefore, the basketball world will learn the most about these new Kings during their opening match against their rivals down the Sacramento River. Will the defense be improved? Will Cousins look more confident? Is Stauskas an NBA-ready guard, and how Collison will fit into the roster?

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