Game 47 Preview: G.S. Warriors at Sacramento Kings

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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 (17-29)

PG: Darren Collison
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Golden State Warriors Probable Starters (37-8)

PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Draymond Green
C: Andrew Bogut


Three things to ponder

1. Perimeter defense

The Kings have been exposed as a terrible unit guarding the perimeter, which is why Sacramento sees the second-most 3-pointers in the NBA per game launched against them (25.1). The Warriors shot 17-for-40 from behind the arc in their blowout win on January 23, so there’s no reason why they should change their approach.

2. Pace

It’s common knowledge that you don’t challenge the Warriors, the No. 1 fast break team, to a track meet. Sacramento has yet to hear the memo, because in their two losses to Golden State this season, they’ve been out-sprinted 48-31 in fast break points. It doesn’t help that the Kings can’t slow anyone in transition, ranking last in the league in opponent fast break points per contest (15.5).

3. Turnovers

In their two previous meetings, the Kings spilled a combined 49 turnovers. DeMarcus Cousins accounted for 11, so an improvement in team ball control starts with the All-Star center.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.