Game 25 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Miami Heat

LeBron James surveys the Kings' defense before making his move. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 4:30 p.m. PST

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (7-17)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Miami Heat Projected Starters (19-6)

PG: Mario Chalmers
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Shane Battier
PF: LeBron James
C: Chris Bosh

What to watch

1. Who will guard DeMarcus Cousins?

LeBron James can guard five positions on the floor, but can he guard a big man like Cousins in the post?  Chris Bosh will get the first call, unless Heat coach Eric Spoelstra wants to mix up his starting lineup.  Chris Anderson, Joel Anthony and Udonis Halsem will likely get a shot at slowing down the Kings center as well.

2. Which Kings team shows up?

The Kings took the Heat to double-overtime a year ago, but that was a long time ago.  The Kings have played up to their competition on more than one occasion this season.  They are going to need a great performance out of each and every player that takes the floor just to have a chance in this one.

3. Whose big three scores the most?

The trio of Bosh, Wade and James combine to score nearly 60 points per game for the Heat on the season.  That number is slightly less than what Malone is getting out of the combination of Rudy Gay, Isaiah Thomas and Cousins in their four games together.  Now, if the Kings can only play defense like the Heat…

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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 provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".