Game 32 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers
Gametime: 4:00 pm PT
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Ohio
Broadcast Information: TV – Comcast SportsNet California, Radio – 1140 The Fan
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The book on the Cavs: The Cavs are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, but they haven’t played since losing to the Nets on Saturday. They are well rested, young and facing a team with a 1-13 road record. Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters provide the scoring for this team, but they are punchless in the post without veteran center Anderson Varejao. Coach Byron Scott has tightened his rotation of late, relying heavily on Luke Walton, C.J. Miles and Jeremy Pargo.
Did you know? Starting the last three games, Isaiah Thomas is averaging 16.7 points (.486FG%, 17-35 FG, .444 3pt%, 8-18 3pt, .889 FT%, 8-9 FT), 3.7 assists , and 31.7 minutes per contest.
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (10-20)
Cleveland Cavaliers Probable Starters (7-25)
Stats and Rankings
- Points Per Game: 96.8 (15th out of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 104.4 (18th out of 30)
- Opponents Points Per Game: 101.8 (27th out of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 109.8 (28th out of 30)
- Pace: 92.1 (12th out of 30)
- Points Per Game: 93.9 (24th out of 30)
- Offensive Rating: 101.9 (27th out of 30)
- Opponents Points Per Game: 99.4 (22nd out of 30)
- Defensive Rating: 107.9 (25th out of 30)
- Pace: 91.5 (13th out of 30)
Three questions to ponder
1. Who will slow DeMarcus Cousins?
The Kings starting center has played well since returning from his team suspension on Christmas Eve. With Anderson Varejao out with a bruised right knee, the Cavs will call on rookie Tyler Zeller to do the job, but then what? Jon Leuer? Kevin Jones? The Kings have an obvious size advantage in this game and coach Keith Smart should pound the ball into the post to both Cousins and Jason Thompson.
2. Who will win the point guard battle – the first or last pick from the 2011 NBA Draft?
In their only match-up last season, Isaiah Thomas won the battle, but Kyrie Irving won the war. Thomas lit up Irving and barely missed a triple-double. He finished the night with 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in only his second-career start, but it was Irving who got the bailout call with four-tenths of a second remaining and won the game with a pair of free throws.
3. Will Thomas Robinson get more burn this time around against Cleveland?
Robinson has seen a major dip in minutes of late with James Johnson stealing plenty of time as the reserve power forward. In his last three appearances, Robinson has averaged less than 10 minutes per contest, which included a three minute stint yesterday against the Detroit Pistons. He was also benched for the first time in his career due to coach’s decision in Friday’s game against the New York Knicks. The Kings might be able to use Robinson’s presence tonight against another undersized power forward in Tristan Thompson.
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Tags Aaron BrooksAlonzo GeeAnderson VarejaoByron ScottC.J. MilesDeMarcus CousinsDion WaitersFeaturedFrancisco GarciaIsaiah ThomasJames JohnsonJason ThompsonJeremy PargoJimmer FredetteJohn SalmonsKeith SmartKyrie IrvingLuke WaltonMarcus ThorntonThomas RobinsonTravis OutlawTristan ThompsonTyler ZellerTyreke Evans