Tuesday , Feb , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kings need to start winning right away

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings are a disappointing 22-29 and sit in
the cellar of the Pacific Division. If the Kings don’t put together a big
streak of victories, their string of eight straight years in the playoffs
will come to an end.

Sacramento did not have any representatives in Sunday’s All-Star Game, which
was played at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The Boston Celtics bring their NBA-worst record on the road, as they visit the
Kings on Tuesday at ARCO Arena. It is the first game back for both teams since
the All-Star break.

Boston has lost 10 straight and 13 of its last 14 at Sacramento. The last time
the Celtics defeated the Kings on the road was on February 16, 1996. It is the
second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On January 19th,
Kevin Martin had a team-high 27 points as the Kings topped the Celtics, 96-91,
at TD Banknorth Garden.

Sacramento enters Tuesday’s contest on a three-game losing streak. Martin has
been a pleasant surprise for the Kings, as he is averaging a team-best 21.0
points per game, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Defensive stopper Ron
Artest is Sacramento’s top rebounder (6.8 rpg), while Mike Bibby has dished
out team-high 5.3 assists per game.

On the injury front for Sacramento, center Brad Miller (partially torn fascia
in left foot) is questionable for Tuesday’s contest. He is averaging 9.6
points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 36 games this season. Miller last
played on February 8th and has missed four straight games.

The Kings are 15-12 at home this season. After Tuesday’s game, they will
embark on a four-game road trip. Sacramento will visit Washington, New Jersey,
Indiana and Philadelphia.

Sacramento has scored over 100 points in three of its last four games. The
Kings are 4-23 when their opponent reaches the century mark.

SAC