SACRAMENTO, California (Ticker) -- Prior to beginning another
difficult road trip, the Sacramento Kings host the Atlanta Hawks
on Tuesday at Arco Arena.
The road was unkind to the Kings prior to the All-Star break as
the club dropped four of its last five away from home and six of
seven overall. Following Tuesday's home game, Sacramento heads
back to the road for six in a row, four against winning teams.
The Kings finished their three-game swing before the break with
a 96-85 loss at New Jersey on Wednesday.
Mike Bibby scored 25 points but the rest of the team shot just
38 percent (24-of-64) and made only two 3-pointers.
Peja Stojakovic, who has been involved in rumors as Thursday's
trade deadline approaches, missed the loss with flu-like
Prior to the break, the Hawks dropped the first of seven
straight games on the road with a 111-89 setback at Cleveland.
Antoine Walker scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the
loss, Atlanta's fourth straight overall.
Hawks rookie Josh Smith was one of the headliners of the
All-Star break, taking home the Slam Dunk Contest with an
impressive display Saturday.
Smith is averaging 8.7 points and 2.7 blocks in three games
since returning from a sprained ankle February 12.
Bibby scored 31 points and Chris Webber added 28 in Sacramento's
100-97 win at Atlanta on January 7.
The Kings have won the last four home games against the Hawks
and six of the last seven meetings overall.