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Kings vs Suns -- nothing left to play for but pride

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Kings vs Suns -- nothing left to play for but pride

78 down, four more to go. The Sacramento Kings travel to Phoenix to face off with the Suns Tuesday evening for one of the final road games of the season.

Sacramento is coming off a road win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The trio of Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox came up big down the stretch to propel the Kings to their 25th win of the season.

Phoenix has chosen the path of least resistance. They’ve sat most of their regulars and that has equated to plenty of losses. They’ve dropped 15 straight and 25 of their previous 26 games to fall to the bottom of the NBA standings.

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WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 25-53

Suns: 19-59

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Justin Jackson vs. Josh Jackson -- The Kings have given Justin Jackson a long look at the small forward position and he’s struggled to find a groove. Tuesday’s game is another opportunity to get on the right track for the rookie small forward. Josh Jackson is coming into his own in the second half of the season, averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game since the All-Star break.

INJURY REPORT

Kings:  PF Skal Labissiere (sprained left ankle) out, SG/SF Garrett Temple (sprained left ankle) out, SF Iman Shumpert (knee rehab and plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehab) is out until January at the earliest.

Suns:  SG Devin Booker (hand) day-to-day, SF Jared Dudley (ankle) day-to-day, C Alex Len (ankle) day-to-day, T.J. Warren (knee) day-to-day, C Tyson Chandler (neck) day-to-day, PG Elfrid Payton (knee) day-to-day, PG Brandon Knight (ACL tear) out for the season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Day-to-Day-- As the old saying goes, “We’re all day-to-day.” The Suns have taken this philosophy to a new level, listing most of their roster on the injury report as day-to-day. If the last few games are any indication, “day-to-day” is a clever word for tanking.

Forget About Wins and Losses -- There are a lot of Kings fans looking for losses down the stretch. With lottery positioning at stake, Sacramento continues to compete and sometimes they come away with a win. It’s the ugly side of the game that needs fixing at the league level, but the Kings are learning valuable lessons in close games. The basketball gods will hopefully take care of the rest.  

Nigel Hayes and Bruno Caboclo -- With nothing left to play for but pride, the Kings are giving some young guys a look. Hayes and Caboclo are both combo forwards trying to fight their way into the league. These are important opportunities that these young guys need to take advantage of.

SERIES HISTORY

The Suns lead the season series 2-1, including a win at Golden 1 Center on Dec. 29. Phoenix leads the all-time series 133-91 and they hold an 86-52 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

De'Aaron Fox responds to remarks on NBA Most Improved Player candidacy

De'Aaron Fox responds to remarks on NBA Most Improved Player candidacy

De'Aaron Fox doesn't have time for your snippy comments.

On Thursday, the Kings posted an image on Instagram stating Fox's case to win the Most Improved Player award.

Among the hundreds of comments were fans stating Fox was supposed to improve from Year 1 to Year 2.

He wasn't having it.

As NBC Sports California's James Ham wrote, Fox took a massive leap this past season. The point guard went from 11.6 points per game as a rookie to 17.3 as a sophomore. His assist numbers spiked from 4.4 to 7.3. And he improved vastly as a shooter, boosting his field-goal percentage from 41 percent to 45 percent. From 3-point range, Fox went from 30 percent to 37 percent.

[RELATED: How Kings chose Fox over Luka with draft choices]

But the competition for the award will be fierce. Along with teammate Buddy Hield, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, Nets guard D'Angelo Russell, Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell and Hawks forward Jon Collins also will garner lots of support.

One thing is for sure. Fox definitely is Most Likely To Snap Back At Your Comments.

Why NBA journeyman Corey Brewer hopes he found steady home with Kings

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Why NBA journeyman Corey Brewer hopes he found steady home with Kings

Corey Brewer has been around the NBA. 

The Kings are the eighth team the journeyman forward has suited up for in his 12-year career, and the ninth organization he's been a part of overall. But after finishing the 2018-19 season in California's capital, Brewer hopes he has found a more permanent home. 

“Just being around these young guys has been fun,” Brewer told the Kings' website. “Just being able to help them as best I can, and knowing how good they can be and how good they’re going to be.”

After Sacramento traded Iman Shumpert ahead of the deadline, Brewer gave the young Kings team some much-needed veteran leadership. The 33-year-old signed a pair of 10-day contracts in January, before signing with the team for the remainder of the season in February. 

“He’s been good for us,” point guard De’Aaron Fox said back in February. “When he gets on the court, you know what he’s going to bring.”

[RELATED: Walton must improve defense for Kings to win]

In 24 games with the Kings, Brewer averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in just under 15 minutes per. His impact was particularly felt on the defensive end, as Kings.com writer Alex Kramers noted, where Sacramento gave up 4.1 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor,

Brewer can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it sounds like he doesn't have much intention of signing anywhere else.