Game 42 Preview: Brooklyn Nets at Sacramento Kings
Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (16-25)
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Derrick Williams
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Brooklyn Nets Probable Starters (17-24)
PG: Jarrett Jack
SG: Bojan Bogdanovic
SF: Joe Johnson
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Mason Plumlee
Three things to ponder
1. The turnover watch
Turnovers have plagued the Kings like a bird flu. They rank 27th in the NBA allowing 16.4 per game, and spilled 21 turnovers in a loss to the Nets on December 29. Sacramento is capable of taking care of the ball, as a season-low nine turnovers versus the San Antonio Spurs on November 28 can attest, but focus has been a rare commodity of late.
2. Second unit scoring
The Kings bench played a large role in the collapse to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, and their offensive production without Carl Landry (wrist) has been frustratingly inconsistent. Someone will have to step up in the Sacramento second unit to have a fighting chance against Brooklyn, which features former All-Star Brook Lopez off the pine.
3. KG’s last stand
Kevin Garnett has enjoyed a brilliant 20-year Hall of Fame career, which includes a public beatdown of the Kings in the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals (he averaged 23.9 points, 15.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in the series). In what is expected to be his last season before retiring, what does Garnett have in store for Sacramento in his last go-around?