Kings: Kings vs Lakers Pre-Game Analysis

Demarcus Cousins

Demarcus Cousins attacks the basket

In the second meeting in the three days, The Sacramento Kings prepare to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, at the Staples Center. After beating the Lakers two days ago. The Kings appear ready to put on the breaks with only three games remaining in the preseason. Kings Coach Keith Smart was quoted in The Sacramento Bee this morning saying he,”doesnt plan to use the final two preseason games to wear down any of his regulars.” Expect to see the fourth different lineup for the Kings this evening as Coach Smart continues to experiment with his lineups, while providing some valuable minutes for young players like second year Forward Tyler Honeycutt to see extended minutes.

The Los Angeles Lakers however, have a different pre-game strategy for this Sunday evening’s game. Dwight Howard is slated to make his long anticipated Preseason debut for his new team. The Lakers will more than likely start the big man, as well as starting some of the regular starters to allow Howard to begin to get into a flow with his new teammates. Howard has participated in one on one drills, and has only been participating in full court-full contact drills for a week. Howard needs to take his time while returning from his injury if he wants to have any longevity in this league.

While These are the Probable Lineups listed by the teams for this evening, i would expect both teams to play their starters in limited minutes in preparation for the start of the regular season.

Probable Starters:

Sacramento Kings (3-1):

13 Tyreke Evans Forward 6-6 220
34 Jason Thompson Forward 6-11 250
15 DeMarcus Cousins Center 6-11 270
23 Marcus Thornton Guard 6-4 205
22 Isaiah Thomas Guard 5-9 185

Status/ Injury Report: None

Los Angeles Lakers (0-5):

15 Metta World Peace Forward 6-7 260
12 Dwight Howard Forward 6-11 265
16 Pau Gasol Center 7-0 275
24 Kobe Bryant Guard 6-6 205
10 Steve Nash Guard 6-3 180

Status/ Injury Report:

Earl Clark (Left Groin Strain) Out
Jordan Hill (Herniated Disc) Out

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings

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