The West has not been kind to the Celtics. After a convincing Christmas Day victory against the Brooklyn Nets, Boston has dropped their last two games as part of a brief West Coast road trip. The Celtics have lost those two games to the Clippers and Warriors by a combined 47 points.
Boston will look to end the skid tonight, when they take on the Sacramento Kings. The Kings (10-19) are coming off a buzzer-beating win against the New York Knicks, and they have won three of their last five games.
Injuries may play a prominent factor in deciding the game. All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, missed last night’s game against the Warriors due to a bruised thigh. Rondo will be a game-time decision.
While Boston may miss one of their star players, Sacramento could have one coming back. Tyreke Evans has missed the last six games with a knee issue, but could return to action tonight.
Tyreke Evans’ return will not matter if Boston doesn’t shoot better than last night. The Celtics shot a miserable 36 percent from the floor, including only 22.7 percent from behind the arc. Paul Pierce struggled the most, making four of his 20 attempts.
Celtics’ fans will get a good look at potential trade target, DeMarcus Cousins. His name has surfaced among the national media as a player the Celtics’ management has heavy interest in. Cousins returned from his suspension on Friday against the Knicks, posting 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Containing Cousins won’t be an easy task for a Celtics team that has struggled to stop big men. Boston’s rebounding effort has been the worst in the league, and another off night could mean another loss. At this point in the year, any loss pushes the Celtics further back in contention for a top four seed, and home-court advantage in the playoffs.