Game 54 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors

 Isaiah Thomas vs. Stephen Curry. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (18-35)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: Aaron Gray

Golden State Warriors Projected Starters (31-22)

PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andre Iguodala
PF: Draymond Green
C: David Lee




What to watch

1. Can the Kings win without DeMarcus Cousins?

The Kings are 0-7 without their starting center and it looks like Cousins will miss another game on Wednesday with a strained left hip flexor.  Andrew Bogut is questionable for the Warrior with left shoulder inflammation, as is reserve Jermaine O’Neal (sore back).  This game might turn into a track meet, which doesn’t bode well for Sacramento.

2. Can the Kings defend the 3-point line?

Sacramento ranks 28th in the league against the long ball.  The Warriors starting backcourt of Curry and Thompson have already shot close to 800 3-pointers on the season.  If the Kings don’t stay with Golden State’s shooters, they have very little chance of pulling off the upset.

3. How do the Kings players handle the trade rumors?

The trade deadline is 12pm PST on Thursday and the rumors are swirling.  Do the Kings players crumble under the pressure or do they come out swinging in what might be their last game in Sacramento?

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James Ham is co-owner and 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. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".