Game 67 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves
Gametime: 4:00 pm PT
Where: Target Center, Minnesota, MN.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (23-43)
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Derrick Williams
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Minnesota Timberwolves Projected Starters (32-32)
What to watch
1. Can the Kings play with the same defensive effort they showed in Chicago?
The Kings played a very strong game on the defensive side of the floor in the Windy City. Sacramento held their own against the Bulls, limiting Chicago to shoot just 39.7 percent from the field for the game. They’ll have their work cut out for them against the Wolves and Kevin Love, who is averaging 26 points and 13 rebounds a game this season.
2. Does Kevin Martin have his way with Ben McLemore again?
The former Kings guard dominated the rookie in their previous match-up two weeks ago. Playing his first game back after a hand injury, Martin dropped in 26 points on McLemore in a 108-97 victory in Sacramento. The Kings rookie guard needs to show strong understanding of personnel in this game, otherwise Martin’s ability to draw contact against an inexperienced defender like himself could prove costly.
3. Will Reggie Evans or Derrick Williams start at power forward?
Malone is trying something different with his lineup to close out the season. Jason Thompson is no longer the starting power forward for this team and instead, Malone has yo-yoed back and forth between Derrick Williams and Reggie Evans the last few games. Williams started against the 76ers while Evans started against the Pistons and Bulls. Though Williams has familiarity with the Timberwolves, don’t be surprised to see Evans get his second-consecutive start against Minnesota’s huge frontline.