Game 47 Preview: G.S. Warriors 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 (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.
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).
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.