Game 11 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns

Hamady Ndiaye gets tied up with Miles Plumlee. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Gametime: 6:00 pm PST

Where: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (3-7)

PG:Greivis Vasquez
SG:Ben McLemore
SF: Luc Mbah a Moute
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Phoenix Suns Projected Starters (5-5)

PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Goran Dragic
SF: P.J. Tucker
PF: Channing Frye
C: Miles Plumlee

What to watch

1. Will DeMarcus Cousins be able to go?

Cousins was a beast on Tuesday night, but he injured his left shoulder in the first half and had to head to the locker room at one point for treatment.  He tried wearing a protective undershirt, yet moments into the second half, he went back to the locker room and took it off.  Cousins is tough, but he admitted after the win last night that he needed painkillers to get through the game.  We probably won’t know until gametime if the Kings star center is available to go.

2. More Jimmer Fredette?

Jimmer didn’t set the world on fire in his 14 minutes of action on Tuesday night, but he also didn’t cost the Kings the game.  Three points and three assists aren’t big numbers, but Jimmer’s shooting ability opened up a lot of space for both Thomas and Cousins to work.  Thornton had a nine-game run to show what he can do.  It would be nice to see Jimmer consistent minutes two games in a row before passing judgement.

3. Is John Salmons’ career with the Kings all but over?

It’s been a rough start to the 2013-14 season for Salmons.  Mbah a Moute has taken his starting job and Travis Outlaw has stolen away the bench minutes.  He has become a vocal leader in his advanced age, but he might have to continue that role from the bench from here on out.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".