Los Angeles Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings
Sleep Train Arena
7 p.m. PST
January 17, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket
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1. Will DeMarcus Cousins be an All-Star?
Seth Partnow, (@SethPartnow): Tough one here. His output per game is certainly All-Star level, but he missed so much time, and there are so many candidates out West, I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the coaches will hold illness against him less than they would have an “injury” and he squeaks in.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLui): Absolutely. He is statistically the best center in the league and one of the most entertaining guys to watch on a nightly basis. He can pass, defend, score in the post, and even can a 15-footer. There’s nothing he can’t do, unless it’s getting out of Sacramento.
Roscoe Whalan, (@RoscoeWhalan7): Should he? Yes. Will he? Maybe not. The West is simply stacked. Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin and Marc Gasol will start. Next in line has to be LaMarcus Aldridge and don’t forget about the reigning MVP, Kevin Durant. It’ll be tight but Boogie may squeeze his way onto the end of the bench.
2. Was firing Mike Malone a mistake?
Partnow: Yes. Absolutely. Unquestionably. Indubitably. Affirmatively. Remarkably. Markedly. Precisely. Positively. Though not as big a mistake as firing him with no one past Ty Corbin to fall back on.
Liu: I said yes at the time and still believe so, at least from an on-court standpoint. I understand the move at its shrewdest. The Kings owe the Chicago Bulls a protected first-round pick and are looking to tank their way out of it. On the court, the Kings were at or close to their ceiling with the pleasant early season run. This at least, in theory, adds more talent to the team. There’s patience needed, if Cousins is up for it.
Whalan: Let’s just say DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t the only victim of viral meningitis. For the first time in a long time things had seemed to have taken a turn for the better in Sacramento. Then, Boogie goes down, things get a little rocky and Malone got the axe. It’s not his fault the franchise is still stuck playing in the West.
3. Who will you miss more: Reggie Bullock, Chris Douglas Roberts or the second round pick?
Partnow: I’ll miss my sense of optimism that tomorrow will be better than yesterday was the most.
Liu: Reggie Bullock didn’t exactly blow the doors open when he did play but he rarely ever actually got on the court. For a team that lacked wing defense and offensive creativity, it would at least appear that his athleticism and shooting could help. It’s too bad the Clippers won’t get to find out.