Game 79 Preview: Sacramento Kings at OKC Thunder
Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (27-51)
PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Carl Landry
C: Jason Thompson
Oklahoma City Thunder Probable Starters (42-36)
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Dion Waiters
SF: Kyle Singler
PF: Enes Kanter
C: Steven Adams
Three things to ponder
1. Desperate times
Since losing Kevin Durant (foot) for the season on February 19, the Thunder have gone 13-11 and lost six of their last seven. They’re currently on the outside looking in for the playoff eighth seed, and a game at home versus the Kings is a must-win.
2. 3-point threats
Even without Durant, the Thunder are effectively bombing away from downtown at a 37 percent clip. The backcourt of Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters, D.J. Augustin and Anthony Morrow hoists up 15.2 3-pointers per game, so the perimeter requires attention.
3. Vulnerability inside
Frontline starters DeMarcus Cousins (foot) and Serge Ibaka (knee) will sit out for the Kings and Thunder respectively, thinning out both interior defenses. Sacramento should focus its crosshairs on the paint and particularly look to attack turnstile defender Enes Kaster.