Game 4 Preview: Atlanta Hawks at Sacramento Kings

 Isaiah Thomas dribbles against an Atlanta Hawks defender. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PST

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (1-2)

PG:Greivis Vasquez
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: John Salmons
PF: Patrick Patterson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Atlanta Hawks Projected Starters (1-2)

PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Kyle Korver
SF: DeMarre Carroll
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Al Horford

What to watch

1. Horford vs. Cousins

Cousins is coming off a subpar game against Golden State and he is up against another strong opponent tonight in Horford.  The Kings need Cousins to get back to the player we saw in the first two games of the season.  If he can handle Horford the way he did JaVale McGee and DeAndre Jordan, then the Kings will have a great chance of coming out ahead in this one.

2. Who stops Korver from raining down 3-pointers?

Korver is on fire this season from long range, going 12-for-18 (66.7 percent) in the Hawks’ first three games.  While the Kings’ defense is improved, they are really struggling at defending the arc.  Korver hit all six of his bombs in his last game out and if the Kings don’t stick to him like glue, he will do the same tonight.

3. Do the Kings show up?

Coach Malone could not have been happy at all with the effort his club put forth on Saturday night in Oakland.  The Kings came out flat and stayed that way for most of the night, losing to the Warriors 98-87.  If Sacramento looks the same way against the Hawks, expect a quick hook from Malone, regardless of who is the culprit.

 

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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".