Game 23 Preview: Rockets at Kings

Sacramento Kings wing Rudy Gay drives baseline against James Harden of the Houston Rockets. (Photo: Kimani David)


Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (11-11)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Reggie Evans
C: Jason Thompson

Houston Rockets Probable Starters (16-5)

PG: Patrick Beverley
SG: James Harden
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF: Donatas Motiejunas
C: Tarik Black


Three things to ponder

1. Guarding the 3

When the Kings lost to the Rockets in Houston on November 26, they surrendered 13-of-35 3-point attempts and 6-of-10 from Isaiah Canaan. It’s no coincidence the Rockets lead the NBA in 3-point makes this season (11.9 per game), and though Canaan (ankle) is out tonight, Patrick Beverley (three triples per game on 46.6 percent shooting) and company are more than capable of a repeat performance.

2. No breaks

The Rockets rank fifth in the league in fast break points per match with 16, and recorded 19 in the win over the Kings. Sacramento can’t let this contest turn into a track meet.

3. More Carl Landry

The best man off the bench for the Kings to start the season has gone cold of late. Landry is averaging four points on 30 percent shooting from the floor and two rebounds per game in his last three appearances. The veteran power forward needs to give the bench a lift after notching only four points and five boards in his last outing against the Rockets.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.