There is no let-up in the Sacramento Kings' schedule.
After a tough battle Friday night in Memphis, the Kings jump back into the fray Saturday night for a back-to-back road conclusion against the Houston Rockets.
De’Aaron Fox posted a 23-point, 10-assist double-double in the loss to the Grizzlies, but like the rest of his teammates, he had issues holding onto the ball. Fox was responsible for six of the team’s 21 turnovers, which proved too much to overcome.
Houston struggled early in the season, but since sending Carmelo Anthony away, the Rockets are on a roll. They have rattled off three consecutive wins to climb back to .500, including a 21-point win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.
Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 4:30 p.m. PT, with tip-off scheduled for 5.
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The Kings return home Monday to host the Thunder before heading back out on the road Wednesday to face the Utah Jazz.
Rockets by 12
Projected Starting Lineup
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein
PG Chris Paul
SG James Harden
SF James Ennis
PF P.J. Tucker
C Clint Capela
C Kosta Koufos (right calf strain) OUT.
C Nene (calf strain) OUT, PG Brandon Knight (knee) OUT.
Coach Dave Joerger continues to move things around in his rotation. After averaging more than 22 minutes per game through the first 14 games of the season, including two starts, Justin Jackson received the dreaded DNP-CD in Memphis.
Troy Williams picked up 18 minutes in Jackson’s place and continues to produce when given an opportunity.
Harry Giles made a second consecutive appearance, filling in for the injured Kosta Koufos.
Bogdan Bogdanovic did not appear on the injury report, and he has been cleared to play in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Coach Mike D’Antoni’s team finally is waking from its early season slumber. The Rockets made plenty of roster adjustments in the offseason, allowing rotational players such as Trevor Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute and Ryan Anderson to leave via free agency or trade.
James Ennis is starting alongside P.J. Tucker at the three, giving the team a pair of defensive-minded forwards.
Eric Gordon is starting to heat up as the anchor of the second unit.