Game 54 Preview: Sacramento Kings at LA Clippers
Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (19-34)
PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Los Angeles Clippers Probable Starters (36-19)
PG: Chris Paul
SG: J.J. Redick
SF: Matt Barnes
PF: Spencer Hawes
C: DeAndre Jordan
Three things to ponder
1. Hawes in, Griffin out
Without franchise face Blake Griffin (right elbow surgery), ex-King Spencer Hawes starts at power forward. He’s averaged 10 points on 47.2 percent shooting in the four games since taking over but only 2.3 rebounds. Sacramento doesn’t seem close to Hawes’ heart, so they can’t let him go off.
2. Curbing turnovers
The George Karl era kicked off with a 24-turnover embarrassment in Friday’s win against the Boston Celtics. The Kings ranked 28th in the NBA in discarded possessions per game before hiring Karl, so limiting spills may coincidentally save their season.
3. Maintaining downtown
The Kings forgot their 3-point struggles for a night when they shot 8-of-22 from behind the arc on the Celtics. The Clippers allow the sixth-most triples per contest and lack a true stopper beyond Chris Paul, so it’s worth a try.