Game 75 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets

Isaiah Thomas vs. Jeremy Lin (Photo: Ron Nabity)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

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

For Rockets perspective, visit TrueHoop Network Affiliate Red94.

The book on the Rockets:  Houston is in the driver’s seat to finish with either the sixth or seventh best record in the Western Conference.  The Rockets are winners of their last two games, which included a win over the freefalling Los Angeles Clippers.

Did you know?  Heading into tonight’s game, the Houston Rockets are second in the NBA in fast-break points scored with 1,349.  Meanwhile, the Kings are ranked sixth.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (27-47)

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

Houston Rockets Probable Starters (41-33)

PG: Jeremy Lin
SG: James Harden
SF: Chandler Parsons
PF: Greg Smith

C: Omer Asik

Stats

Kings

  • Points Per Game: 100
  • Offensive Rating: 106.3
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 104.7
  • Defensive Rating: 111.3
  • Pace: 93.3

Rockets

  • Points Per Game: 105.9
  • Offensive Rating: 109.9
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 102.3
  • Defensive Rating: 106.2
  • Pace: 96

Three questions to ponder

1.  What kind of reception will Thomas Robinson receive from those in attendance?

Robinson didn’t stand out much in his brief time with the Kings.  However, the rookie big man had to fight inconsistent playing time and an identity crisis before starting to figure out his place in the league.  Kings fans have traditionally offered warm receptions to ex-players.  Though Robinson’s tenure was short, he may be afforded that same luxury if he gets to play.

2.  What kind of reception will Francisco Garcia receive from those in attendance?

Garcia was the last active link to the Kings’ glory days of the early 2000s.  From players to coaches and front office personnel, he is well-respected by everyone in the Kings organization.  His enduring professionalism despite career setbacks endured him to Kings fans during his eight-year stay in Sacramento.  Garcia will likely receive a huge round of applause from tonight’s crowd.

3.  Which, if any, of the former Rockets-turned-Kings is a factor in tonight’s game?

Patrick Patterson said he’s not looking for revenge against his former team this evening.  Rather, the Kings power forward is focusing on playing within himself as he squares off against a few familiar faces.  If either Jason Thompson or DeMarcus Cousins struggle, Patterson will probably be heavy minutes this evening.  Toney Douglas may be called upon if Keith Smart needs a defensive stalwart against Jeremy Lin.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.

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