Preseason Preview: Kings vs Lakers
Five months removed from the team’s last game, much will be different about the purple and black as it takes the court on Tuesday evening at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Sacramento will be donning new uniforms, feature 11 new players and will test an overhauled offensive and defensive system constructed by first-year Kings coach Dave Joerger.
Much of the same is true for the squad’s opponents, the Los Angeles Lakers, who bring 10 new faces to Tuesday’s contest following the retirement of Kobe Bryant, in addition to new Head Coach Luke Walton – who was hired after leading the Warriors to a 24-0 start during the 2015-16 campaign.
Although preseason serves as a testing ground for regular season rotations, plays and sets, Tuesday’s game will also provide first looks at the team’s new rookies and offseason acquisitions.
Ty Lawson, Isaiah Cousins and Garrett Temple are expected to receive extended minutes running point while Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis will work out of the post.
DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein will face Julius Randle and newly acquired Lakers center Timofey Mozgov in the frontcourt, marking the matchups of the game. Holding Randle’s offensive output to a minimum while making the most out of paint opportunities should be a deciding factor in the game.