Game 7 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets

 Ben McLemore makes his debut opening night against the Denver Nuggets. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PST

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (1-5)

PG:Greivis Vasquez
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: John Salmons
PF: Patrick Patterson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Brooklyn Nets Projected Starters (2-4)

PG: Deron Williams
SG: Joe Johnson
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: Kevin Garnett
C: Brook Lopez

What to watch

1. Lineup changes

Michael Malone will debut some new adjustments to his lineup and rotation.  After a 1-5 start to the season, the Kings head coach had seen enough.  He’s said that there won’t be any wholesale changes, but he does plan to use some different combinations of players on the floor.  Don’t be surprised to see a little more of Ben McLemore and Jimmer Fredette at the two and Luc Mbah a Moute finding time either at the three or four.

2. Pace

The Nets are one of the more veteran-laden teams in the league.  Sacramento may need to turn up the speed and test the legs of veterans like Garnett, Pierce and Johnson.  If this becomes a half court game, the Kings are in trouble.

3. Will pride take over?

After a thrilling win on opening night, the Kings have gone in the tank and lost five straight.  This is game no. 2 of a five-game home stand.  Sacramento needs to right the ship before the schedule gets much tougher in the month of December.  Lineup changes may help correct some of the team’s shortcomings, but the Kings need to show some pride, especially on their home floor.

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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 is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".