Game 71 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns

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Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ.

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


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (25-45)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Rudy Gay
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Phoenix Suns Probable Starters (38-33)

PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: P.J. Tucker
SF: Marcus Morris
PF: Markieff Morris
C: Alex Len


Three things to ponder

1. Extreme Makeover: NBA Edition

Since the last time these two teams met, both underwent major overhauls. The Kings acquired a new head coach and point guard, while the Suns scrambled their roster with several trades. Sacramento comes into the match on a three-game winning steak, and Phoenix a four-game tear, which may partly justify these personnel moves.

2. Twinning

The Morris twins have underwhelmed in three games versus the Kings this season. Markieff averaged 13.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting but only three rebounds, and Marcus produced 11.3 points on 37.5 percent shooting and 7.3 rebounds. No coincidence Phoenix is 1-2 against Sacramento. Their performance will be significant on the outcome.

3. Turnovers galore

Since the trade deadline, the Suns have spilled an unhealthy 16.4 turnovers a contest. Meanwhile, the Kings have started to defend more aggressively, forcing their last two opponents to lose a combined 38 turnovers. Phoenix limited their giveaways to 14 a game in the Sacramento season series, but they employed ball handlers Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas back then. The Kings should be out for blood.

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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.