Road Reaction Show: Warriors 128, Kings 108
The Sacramento Kings (12-16) look tired and disinterested tonight in Oakland while falling to the Golden State Warriors (23-3) by a final of 128-108. DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but Sacramento allowed the Warriors to shoot 53.8 percent from the floor in the loss.
Join James Ham and Rui Thomas for the Road Reaction Postgame Show on Google+ after the game. The show can be watched on the video player embedded below. You can also join the discussion of tonight’s game by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound
What to watch
1. Transition defense
Golden State is an elite ball club this season in part to their deadliness in transition. The Warriors lead the league in fast break points per game (19.4) by taking advantage of incohesive, backpedaling defenses to secure open looks from 3. The Kings surrendered 21 fast break points to the Warriors on October 29 despite their outside shooting struggles, so Sacramento needs to stay on their toes.
2. Winning inside
The Warriors don’t allow easy shots, period. Golden State leads the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (41.6) and blocks per game (6.7), but they’ll be without defensive cog Andrew Bogut (knee). David Lee is expected back on Monday after missing all but one game this season, but the Kings should still bring the battle down low.
This sounds like a broken record, but the Kings can’t afford to be careless with the ball. Sacramento spilled a season-high 27 turnovers which led to 26 points in their loss to Golden State on October 29.