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Game Preview: A win against the Kings is the next step in winning back the honor of the fanbase

One win at a time is the only way to rid the nightmares of the Suns’ haunting past, which currently is creeping its way back to Phoenix.

Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images

Who: Phoenix Suns (19-16Sacramento Kings (21-13

When: 8 p.m. AZ time

Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix,Arizona

Watch: AZ Family 3TV

Listen: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM


Lost is an understatement when it comes to the mental state of Suns’ fans. After losing to the Miami Heat. 109-106.

I should be over this type of thinking and the past should be the past, but when things are not working out like we thought they would have this season, we all start to question the future of the franchise.

The focus on the court starts to wander when watching the Suns and it heads to a dark place from one game to the next.

The only way to right the ship is to take it one game at a time and steal a win in Sacramento tonight.

Probable Starters

Phoenix Suns

  • Grayson Allen
  • Devin Booker
  • Bradley Beal
  • Kevin Durant
  • Nikola Eubanks

Sacramento Kings

  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Kevin Huerter
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Keegan Murray
  • Domantas Sabonis

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns

  • Keta Bates-Diop (Day-to-day)
  • Josh Okogie (Questionable)
  • Damion Lee (Out)

Sacramento Kings

  • Alex Len (Out)

Uniform Matchup

Booker

The only way out of this rut is to ride Booker to his fullest potential this season. Missing Bradley Beal, you can see that Booker is struggling at times to manage the game with Durant on the bench. But these are excuses.

When I think of Booker, I think of a player who continues to take every new challenge head-on. The next challenge it to outplay Fox, and to take over in the fourth quarter, sending the Suns into Dallas on Christmas day with a win. It has been a while since we have seen Booker outplay the other star on the opposing team.

Let’s see if he can take over Twitter (X) Friday night with a never-ending highlight real, keeping Suns fans up on their phones, reliving a victory.

What to Watch For

When it comes to turnovers, the Suns and the Kings are on the opposite side of the spectrum. The Suns are #24 in the league when it comes to the Assists/Turnovers rate in the NBA, at 1.757. The Kings are sitting around the top at #4, averaging 2.085.

The Suns are able to go on runs during games, but the consistency of bad passing leading to tipped balls and turnovers is what gets the Suns in trouble.

When it comes to passing, both teams have a giant that can spread the ball around like the best of them. At center for the Kings, Sabonis is second in the league with 7.2 assists-per-game compared to other centers in the NBA, and Nurkic is not far behind with 3.9 APG, in the 6th spot.

The battle in the paint might control the game, as both teams are kind of lazy when it comes to grabbing the boards, but the three-point shot can run the Suns out of the gym, quickly.

The Kings shot 22-42 from behind the arc, in a loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, and it wasn’t a fluke. Behind Keegan Murray, who when off against the Utah Jazz, knocking down a franchise record- 12 three-pointers, the Kings can bury a team fast.

Prediction

It’s hard to forget about the loss to the Blazers and the feelings that overwhelmed me after. The feeling of abandonment and the recognizable fear from the pre-James Jones era has shown its ugly head again. To take the Suns in a victory would be idiotic.

The pit that the Suns’ fan base has fallen into after the Suns’ recent struggles has me taking the Kings, big. The only way the Suns get out of it is to claw their way out. But that would take effort.

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