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Open Thread: Regular Season Game 67 vs. Sacramento Kings


The Essentials:
Kings (14-51) at Wizards (15-51)
6:00 p.m.
Verizon Center

This year:January 17: Wizards 110, Kings 107

Notable Kings numbers this season:
29th in expected winning percentage (.234)
6th in pace factor (94.1 possessions per game)
26th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (104.4)
30th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (113.7)

Key Links: (drop any others in the comments)
Sactown Royalty
Game Day Kings
The Other Side: Kings

Tonight's Projected Starters
Wizards vs. Kings
Player filling in for injured starter
PG Bobby Jackson
Player filling in for injured starter SG Kevin Martin
The Last Man Standing SF Andres Nocioni
Player filling in for injured starter PF Jason Thompson
Player filling in for injured starter C Spencer Hawes

This is probably going to come as bad news to most of you, but I have a really good feeling that the Wizards won't be losing to the Kings tonight. Sure, a loss would help the Wizards get more ping-pong ball that would help their chances of getting Blake Griffin, but I think there are just too many factors working against us tonight.

Consider the following:

  1. The Kings are coming off an overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night.
  2. The Kings had to fly all the way across the country yesterday to get here after a crushing loss in which players logged more minutes than they normally do.
  3. The Wizards this season have traditionally played well in losses against good teams before breaking through with a wins against a bad teams. Friday's close loss to Orlando would fit the billing of part 1 of that cycle.
  4. Donté Greene and Bobby Jackson aren't going through some issues at the moment.

Of course, I'm also wrong about most of these things, so take that for what it's worth.

Everything else you need to know about tonight's game can be explained by this video:

This is an open thread, so discuss whether or not you think Jimmy Walker is the "Dr. J of love" here.