The Kings do not want to see a repeat tonight of what Tyreke Evans did to them Dec. 23.
In his first game against the Kings after four seasons in Sacramento, Evans returned to Sleep Train Arena and had 25 points and 12 assists and New Orleans defeated the Kings.
Evans exploited to of the Kings’ biggest weaknesses on defense that night.
“Our defense starts on the ball and that night we had nobody to contain him,” said Kings Michael Malone. “He got by us too easily. ... when you couple the inability to guard the basketball with no shot blocking or no rim presence, that’s a bad combination.”
The Kings are 29th in the NBA in blocked shots at 3.9 per game.
Without Jrue Holiday (fractured tibia), Evans becomes the biggest threat to break down the Kings’ off the dribble.
If the Kings can’t say in front of Evans force him to take jump shots, they could be in for a long night.
*Malone plans to play Carl Landry again tonight as he works his way back from the a torn left hip flexor.
Landry had six points and four rebounds in the Sunday’s loss at Oklahoma City.
“(Landry) rebounded, he scored, he gave us a glimpse of what we expect from him on a much bigger scale,” Malone said.
The plan is to play Landry 8-10 minutes.
Prediction time: The Pelicans are without three important players (Holiday, Ryan Anderson, Jason Smith) due to injuries. But they still had enough to end Memphis’ winning streak Monday night.
But without two of ther big men, the Kings should be able to exploit mismatches in the paint. And if the Sacramento takes care of the ball, they should be able to end their losing streak at two games.
Kings 100, Pelicans 90
My record: 22-17