Game 82 Preview: Sacramento Kings at LA Lakers


Game time: 7:30 p.m. PDT

Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.

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

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (28-53)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Nik Stauskas
PF: Carl Landry
C: Jason Thompson

Los Angeles Lakers Probable Starters (21-60)

PG: Jordan Clarkson
SG: Jabari Brown
SF: Ryan Kelly
PF: Tarik Black
C: Jordan Hill

Three things to ponder

1. Glass protection

In Sacramento’s win over Los Angeles on Monday, the Kings allowed the Lakers to pull down 17 offensive rebounds and 49 total boards. Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis came off the bench and had 24 rebounds between them (14 offensive). The Kings’ frontcourt is undersized without DeMarcus Cousins (foot), Rudy Gay (concussion) and Reggie Evans (thumb), so they’ll need to show more fight.

2. Last impressions

Game 82 is possibly the last match in purple and black for impending free agents Omri Casspi, Derrick Williams, Andre Miller and Ryan Hollins, along with potential trade pieces Jason Thompson and Carl Landry. Will they go out with a bang or a whimper?

3. LA infamy

How the mighty have fallen. If the Lakers lose tonight, they will finish with 61 regular season losses and the worst winning percentage (25.6) in franchise history. If there was ever any incentive for the Kings to get back at Los Angeles for the 2001 Western Conference Finals, this is the time.



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.