Rinse and repeat. For the second time in three days, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers will do battle, this time at Staples Center.
The Kings had the ball and a chance to tie or go ahead with 15 seconds remaining on Thursday evening against the Clippers, but a costly turnover led to a dunk on the other end and another L in the right hand column.
Los Angeles is beat up, but they continue to impress. Lou Williams is dominating in his 13th season in the league and worthy of All-Star consideration. DeAndre Jordan might miss a game after a nasty ankle roll against Sacramento last time out.
Clippers by 7.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Kosta Koufos vs. Montrezl Harrell -- Koufos put up a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double the last time these two teams met. But he made a costly error at the end of the game and will be looking to get even. Harrell isn’t all that impressive on paper, but against the Kings, he’s a star. In three games against Sacramento, Harrell’s posted 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 21.6 minutes. Not too shabby for an energy big off the bench.
WHERE THEY STAND
Kings: 13-28, fourth place in Pacific
Clippers: 20-21, second place in Pacific
Kings: PG Frank Mason III (heel) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out. Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis were allocated to the Reno Bighorns.
Clippers: C DeAndre Jordan (left ankle sprain) out, C.J. Williams (right ankle sprain) out, SG Austin Rivers (Achilles) out, PG Patrick Beverley (knee) out, SF Danilo Gallinari (hip) out.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
Learn Something from a Loss -- The Kings haven’t exactly been in a bunch close contests in the final minutes, but they’ve stumbled in the fourth quarter in consecutive games. They are young and need to learn from games like Thursday’s loss at Golden 1.
HIll of a Game -- After missing a couple of games with the birth of his daughter, George Hill looked lethargic to start on Thursday. An inadvertent shot to the nether regions appeared to wake up Hill, who finished with one of his better games on the season. Sacramento needs their $20 million man to find a way to produce every night.
More Career-Bests -- Willie Cauley-Stein picked up a career-high seven steals earlier in the week. Last game out, Bogdan Bogdanovic achieved a new career-best in points, scoring 22 against the Clippers. The Kings are young and have all kinds of potential to set new personal highs. It’s just another sign of growth for young players.
The Clippers lead the seasons series 3-0 and have won four straight over Sacramento The Kings hold a 69-65 lead during the Sacramento-era and a 113-88 advantage all-time.