Road Reaction Show: Kings 110, Timberwolves 107

The Sacramento Kings (14-19) redeem themselves tonight in Minnesota, besting the Timberwolves (5-26) 110-107.  Darren Collison led the way down the stretch after both DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay foul out of the game, finishing with 21 points and six assists in the win.

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

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What to watch

1. Ball control

Minnesota ranks fourth in the NBA with nine steals per game, which is bad news for a Sacramento club struggling all season long to take care of possessions. When these teams met on November 22, the Timberwolves stole the ball 10 times and the Kings lost 19 turnovers.

2. Freebies

Both the Kings and Timberwolves rarely shoot 3’s, and both draw a ton of free throws. Sacramento still leads the league with 30.9 attempts a contest, while Minnesota sits third with 26.9. Disciplined defense will be key, regardless of the referees’ influence.

3. DeMarcus Cousins vs. the world

After picking up two technicals and tossing Marcus Smart to the ground on Tuesday, how will Cousins respond? The Kings need him more than ever to check his emotions and anchor both sides of the floor. Last time against the Timberwolves, Cousins scored 31 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks for the win.

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About: James Ham

James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".