Wednesday , Dec , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento can get back on track at home

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings are just 11-14 and need to start
winning some games. They have made the playoffs eight straight years and that
streak could be in jeopardy if the Kings don’t come around.

The Kings are in fourth place in the Pacific Division, 7 1/2 games behind the
first place Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento is scheduled to play six of its next seven games on its homecourt.
The Kings try to make it two wins in a row when they welcome the new-look
Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday to ARCO Arena.

It is the first of two meetings between the Kings and Philadelphia this
season. The Sixers are scheduled to host Sacramento on February 26, 2007 at
the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia has lost 14 of its last 16 at Sacramento. The 76ers have won two
in a row in this series.

Sacramento picked up a win on the road on Friday. John Salmons recorded his
first career triple-double to spoil Allen Iverson’s Denver debut as the Kings
stopped the Nuggets, 101-96, at the Pepsi Center.

Salmons, a former teammate of Iverson’s in Philadelphia, finished with 21
points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory for Sacramento, while Brad
Miller added 21 points and 14 boards for the Kings, who snapped a three- game

On the injury front for Sacramento, defensive stopper Ron Artest (sore knees)
is questionable for Wednesday’s contest. He has missed the last two games.
Artest is averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in 19 contests this season.

The Kings are 7-7 at home this season. They will visit the Los Angeles
Clippers on Friday at the Staples Center. After Sacramento visits the
Clippers, it returns home to host Golden State, New York, the Lakers, Portland
and Cleveland during a five-game homestand.

Salmons, who left Philadelphia and signed with the Kings as a free agent last
offseason, is averaging 10.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He
has scored more than 20 points in two straight games, and is averaging 22.0
points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 rebounds in those contests.

Sacramento is 6-5 when it scores over 100 points this season. The Kings have
scored over 100 points in two straight games.