Preseason Game 6 Preview: Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns

DeMarcus Cousins looks to rise up against Marcin Gortat (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 7:00 pm PST

Where: U.S. Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ.

Broadcast Information:  Radio only, no TV.  For more info, click here.

For Suns perspective, visit fellow TrueHoop Network affiliate Valley of the Suns.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (4-1)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Tyreke Evans
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Phoenix Suns Probable Starters (1-4)

PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Jared Dudley
SF: Michael Beasley
PF: Luis Scola
C: Marcin Gortat

Three questions to ponder

1. How much energy will the Kings have on the back end of a back-to-back?

The Kings conclude their lone back-to-back set of the preseason against the Suns.  They play 17 back-to-backs this upcoming year and tonight could be a good test to see how they respond  in such situations.

2. Who thrives off the Kings’ bench tonight?

Considering this match-up is the second of two games in two nights, the Kings reserves could find themselves getting some heavy minutes.  The last time these two met in game one of the preseason, Thomas Robinson, Jimmer Fredette and James Johnson had prime performances off the Kings’ bench.  However, Marcus Thornton has played as a reserve in three of the Kings’ five exhibitions.  He’s performed well so far as a sixth man.

3. Will we see anything out of Tyler Honeycutt or the roster invites?

The preseason is winding down and the Kings have decisions to make on their final roster.  After playing during a critical stretch in last night’s seven-point win over the Lakers, so far Hamady Ndiaye is the only roster invite to earn meaningful minutes.  Honeycutt just began practicing in full contact a few days ago, which puts him a step behind his teammates.  Meanwhile, Willie Reed and Tony Mitchell have been limited to garbage time minutes.  With the Kings playing their second game in as many nights, this could be an opportunity for Keith Smart to offer an extended look to the players on the fringe of making this year’s team.

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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.