Game 68 Preview: Charlotte Hornets at Sacramento Kings

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Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (22-45)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Rudy Gay
C: Jason Thompson

Charlotte Hornets Probable Starters (29-37)

PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Cody Zeller
C: Al Jefferson


Three things to ponder

1. Protecting the paint

Last Wednesday, Charlotte scored 50 points inside the Kings’ paint despite Al Jefferson’s off night. Cody Zeller (shoulder) practiced yesterday and should play, so Sacramento must dominate defensively inside and out.

2. Two-guard production

While Ben McLemore has been inconsistent, Nik Stauskas has recently started to contribute. Sacramento isn’t asking for another 27-point effort from McLemore, but he’ll need to pressure Gerald Henderson more effectively. The Hornet produced 17 points and 11 assists to one turnover in their first duel.

3. Four-quarter effort

The Kings’ third quarter woes struck again in their win over the Hornets. Sacramento sleepwalked out of the break and allowed Charlotte to jump on a 9-0 run. This time, four quarters of focused execution on both sides of the ball would save a lot of stress.

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About: 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.