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.

2. Turnovers

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.



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.