Game 5 Preview: Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings

Brian-Shaw

Gametime: 7:00 pm PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, Ca.

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

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (3-1)

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

Denver Nuggets Probable Starters (1-2)

PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Aaron Afflalo
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Timofey Mozgov

Three things to ponder

1. Can the Kings make it four in a row?

After dropping their home opener to the Golden State Warriors, the Sacramento Kings have pulled off the rare 3-game win streak.  The Kings have only had five 3-game win streaks over the last four seasons and the last time the Kings won four games in a row was during the 2010-11 season under coach Paul Westphal.  No one expected Sacramento open the season this hot, but after Sunday’s win over the Nuggets, anything is possible with this team.

2. Production at shooting guard

We keep going to this question and the shooting guards keep opening new doors for us to explore.  Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas will get the first shot at the spot, but Ramon Sessions, Omri Casspi and Ray McCallum are hungry for minutes and willing to play out of position to find a spot in the rotation.  Malone needs to find an answer quickly and if not, he needs to ask Pete D’Alessandro for a little help.

3. How will the crowd react to a team with a winning record?

Sacramento Kings fans have been through the ringer over the last few years.  Constant instability and relocation chatter has taken away a bit of the fire from one of the proudest fanbases in professional sports.  But now their team is coming home with momentum and a winning record.  How will they react to their team and can they be the 6th man that has helped carry the Kings to victory in the past?

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About: James Ham

James Ham is the 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 since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".