This is an unusually important game for this early in a season. Pressure works out in favor of the Kings: huge statement if win, expectation is to lose. I do fully expect a solid effort and good team defense/offense. I'll be delighted with a win, but will be ok with a good fight. Beating the Celtics on the road to get to .500 16 games into the season after starting 0-5... is an incredible confidence booster. The boys are likely quite motivated tonight.
Not only is he just a great overall team defender (rarely out of position, rotates well, contests everything), but he has 5 or 6 really "special" defensive plays where he just straight up wins the possession for the Kings. Makes such a big difference over the course of a game if he's able to keep having that impact on a game by game basis.