Game 57 Preview: Trail Blazers at Sac Kings


Game time: 3:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (20-36)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: Carl Landry

Portland Trail Blazers Probable Starters (38-19)

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Wesley Matthews
SF: Nicolas Batum
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Robin Lopez

Three things to ponder

1. Finesse to a fault

The Trail Blazers live and die by the jumper. They rank second in the NBA in 3-point takes, third in 3-point makes, but only 29th in points in the paint per game. The Kings surrender the eighth-most triples per contest, so they’ll need to shore up their defense around the arc.

2. Turnover watch

In a win over Portland on October 31, Sacramento spilled 10 turnovers, and in a January 19 loss, the team recorded 23. The Kings have averaged 19.75 turnovers in the four games since George Karl took over, an unacceptable number.

3. The super sub

Portland comes to town ready to show off their brand new, shiny toy, Aaron Afflalo. In three games since arriving in a trade along with Alonzo Gee from the Denver Nuggets, the two-way shooting guard/forward has produced a nightly average of 12 points on 55 percent shooting off the bench.


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.

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