Game 37 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves

Kevin Love drives by DeMarcus Cousins. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 5:00 pm PT

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television), NBA TV (National Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (13-23)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Indiana Pacers Projected Starters (18-19)

PG: Ricky Rubio
SG: Kevin Martin
SF: Corey Brewer
PF: Kevin Love
C: Nikola Pekovic

What to watch

1. Can the Kings keep Kevin Love off the glass?

Jason Thompson set a new season-high with 16 rebounds on Sunday, but struggled Tuesday in Indiana.  Coach Malone needs a big game out of his longest tenured player, especially against an All-Star player like Love.  If Minnesota dominates the glass, they have a great shot of winning this game.

2. DeMarcus Cousins vs. Nikola Pekovic

Cousins has struggled against Pek in the past.  The fourth-year center out of Montenegro is averaging a career-high 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds for the T-Wolves.  In the past, Pekovic has beaten Cousins down the court and established himself in the post before the Kings starting center can get back.  But this is a different Cousins.  After dropping in 31 points and 13 rebounds against the Pacers on Tuesday, Cousins is on a mission to prove he belongs with the elite in New Orleans next month at All Star weekend.  He needs to slay another beast tonight to further that goal.

3. How does Derrick Williams fare against his old team?

Williams is beginning to carve out a niche with the Kings second unit and tonight, he returns to the team that drafted him second overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.  Williams would love nothing more than to have a break out game against Adelman and the Timberwolves.


James Ham

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