Game 61 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Charlotte Bobcats

Tyreke Evans surveys the floor against the Utah Jazz. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 3:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

Broadcast Information: TV – Comcast SportsNet California, Radio – CBS Sports 1140

For Bobcats perspective, visit TrueHoop Network Affiliate Queen City Hoops.

The book on the Bobcats:  Wins have been hard to come by for the Bobcats yet again this season.  In February, they won only twice while losing 10 games.  Charlotte comes into Sacramento currently riding a five-game losing streak.

Did you know?  The Kings have found their shooting stroke from distance.  During their five-game road trip, they shot 49.5 percent from 3-point range.  They’ve also made 10 or more threes in four of their last five outings.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (20-40)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Tyreke Evans
SF: John Salmons
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Charlotte Bobcats Probable Starters (13-45)

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Byron Mullens

C: Bismack Biyombo



  • Points Per Game: 98.2
  • Offensive Rating: 104.6
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 105.3
  • Defensive Rating: 112.2
  • Pace: 92.9


  • Points Per Game: 93.2
  • Offensive Rating: 100.8
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 102.7
  • Defensive Rating: 111.1
  • Pace: 91.7

Three questions to ponder

1.  Who wins the point guard battle between Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker?

Thomas and Walker have proven to be two of the top point guards out of the 2011 NBA Draft class.  Since the All-Star Break, Thomas has taken the Kings on his shoulders, averaging 17 points and five assists a game while shooting a stellar 49.3 percent from the field.  Walker has stepped his play too, scoring 20.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting from the field and 48.4 percent from long range.

2.  Will Toney Douglas cut into Jimmer Fredette‘s playing time?

Douglas was the first guard off the Kings’ bench Friday and played approximately six minutes before halftime.  Fredette would eventually play, but his opportunity came in the second half.  Aaron Brooks may no longer be in the mix, but the Kings still have a glut of options at guard.  Once again, Keith Smart could see a match-up that he believes favors Douglas today, which could leave Fredette as the odd-man out.

3.  Can John Salmons find his scoring touch?

In three of the Kings’ five games on the road, Salmons was a revelation.  Before Friday’s loss against the San Antonio Spurs, Salmons had averaged 18 points per game in his previous three outings.  Production from beyond the arc may be critical to his success today.  In his last four games, the 33-year-old veteran is shooting 77.8 percent from 3-point land on 14-of-18 attempts.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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