Game 79 Preview: Sacramento Kings at OKC Thunder

Kevin Durant looks on from the bench as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Sacramento Kings. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)


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.

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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.