The Wizards’ struggles to defeat teams with inferior records at home will be tested once again when they host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Verizon Center. Washington, however, is 2-0 at home against Western Conference teams that currently have losing records, claiming wins over Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Kings have the second-worst record in the Western Conference but they are also the only team in the NBA with three 20-point scorers in DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas. Sacramento has also won three straight games against the Wizards, including the past two at Verizon Center.
“Again, it’s a team that can score,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Are we going to allow, see how the game goes, are they going to be hot, cold? Or are we going to come out and put our stamp on the game on how this game is going to be played? That’s what this boils down to. They’re a very capable team They’ve been playing good. We got to play our way. If we don’t, we could get beat again. If we’re playing the right way, that’s all that matters.”
Kentucky Coach John Calipari, who had Cousins and John Wall for one year in college, is in attendance to watch his “two all-stars.” Wall was named to the team for the first time this season, but Cousins was left off twice. The coaches didn’t vote for Cousins and new commissioner Adam Silver named New Orleans big man, Anthony Davis – another Kentucky product – as the replacement for the injured Kobe Bryant, which further upset Cousins. Wall expects a fired up effort from his good friend.
“I know DeMarcus got a chip on his shoulder,” Wall said. “The rest of the season he’s definitely going to be on a rampage.”
The Wizards will play their last home game before the all-star break, with a two-game road trip ahead against Memphis and Houston.
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