SACRAMENTO, CA - Monday was the final practice in Sacramento for the Kings before embarking on a three-game road trip to tip-off the new NBA season.
The Chicago Bulls will host Sacramento at the United Center on Halloween night on Wednesday. The Kings will then travel to Minneapolis to face the Timberwolves on Friday, Nov. 2 before concluding against the Pacers in Indianapolis the next night.
Following a successful preseason with a record of 5-2, the Kings feel ready to begin playing meaningful games. Otherwise known as games that count.
Defense and ball movement were identified as the focal points heading into the season based on being a glaring problem on last year's team.
"I like what they've done, this group has done a great job with everything," Kings head coach Keith Smart said. "They've shown a commitment to each other, they've shown a commitment to moving the ball with each other. More importantly, they've bought in to the defensive side."
Smart said his team would practice at the United Center on Tuesday evening as a final preparation before the season begins.
He also opted to keep his starters a secret and not announce a starting lineup until right before the game against the Bulls on Wednesday night.
Smart also said he expects John Salmons to rejoin the team sometime during the three-game road trip. Salmons has been absent for most of training camp for personal reasons.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net