Game 53 Preview: Boston Celtics 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 (18-34)
PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Carl Landry
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Boston Celtics Probable Starters (20-31)
PG: Marcus Smart
SG: Avery Bradley
SF: Evan Turner
PF: Brandon Bass
C: Tyler Zeller
Three things to ponder
1. Karl’s stamp
The Kings team that steps out on the floor on Friday should look vastly different. New head coach George Karl will likely mix up his rotation and lineups, and he intends to run the offense at a faster pace than what the current roster is accustomed to.
Karl told the Kings in their first practice that he wants them to make less difficult passes. This would be a good place to start for a club that comes out of the All-Star break ranked 28th in the league in turnovers per game (15.7).
3. Short-handed crew
Sacramento will play without Darren Collison (hip) and Reggie Evans (right knee contusion), while Boston will be missing starters Jared Sullinger (foot), Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Isaiah Thomas (arriving from trade). The winner of tonight’s contest may need a boost from an unexpected role player or two.