The Sacramento Kings, a solid team at home, have a chance to become kings of the road tonight, but not in the way they want to be.
The Kings need a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves to avoid a 35th consecutive road defeat. They already share the record of 34 with the New Jersey Nets, who lost their final 28 road games last season and their first six this season.The Kings have won five of their last six home games to improve their ledger at Arco Arena to 22-17, but as the road losses continued to mount - they are 1-37 away from home this season - the players and coach Dick Motta have become increasingly testy.
Motta refused to discuss the streak after the Kings lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on April 7 to tie the loss record.
"It's your subject," Motta angrily told reporters in Los Angeles. "You'll make up the comments. You always do.
"We lose because the other team scores more points than we do every time," he said. "That's why."
Motta also blames injuries. His players criticize referees and crowds for their troubles on the road.
Sacramento's only remaining road games after tonight are at Utah on Tuesday and at Portland on Friday. Utah is 33-5 at home and Portland 34-5.