DeMarcus Cousins Drives on David Lee and Harrison Barnes

Kings Host Warriors in Home Opener: Game Preview


The Sacramento Kings prepare for their home opener tonight against a 2-1 Warriors team that is hungry for a road victory.

The Kings’ first three games on the road were all home openers; so let’s hope the Kings take this one to heart, and come into Sleep Train Arena this evening ready to play.

The Warriors have a very talented team, and the Kings will have to keep their composure and be active on defense this evening. The Kings are the notably bigger team in the low post, and need to exploit this weakness of Golden State’s.

Golden State will be without the perennial Sacramento Kings’ killer, Brandon Rush this evening. Rush, who always seems to hit the big three point shot in the last three years against the Kings, is out with a torn ACL.

This does not mean the Kings can expect to take it easy on the perimeter defense with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, who are amongst the best young shooters in the league. While David Lee is a premier player in the league, neither he nor DeMarcus Cousins are well suited to defend one another, so expect interesting defensive schemes by both teams who both plan to run much of their offense’s through the post.

The Kings must get off to a fast start tonight, and do their best to keep their mouths shut when the referees make questionable calls. This applies to Cousins most of all. His teammates seem to follow him, both when he is verbal or when he is and when he plays his game, and does his best to not discuss every call with the officials.

Remember Kings’ fans, this is a young talented team that needs all of the support it can get. The Kings play the next 12 of 15 games at home, and have a very good opportunity to win most if not every game. But we as fans must remember this is a developing team, so lets support our Sacramento Kings every way we can.

Probable Starters

Kings

No.             Player                                   Position

22                    Isaiah Thomas                            G

13                    Tyreke Evans                                G

52                    James Johnson                           F

34                    Jason Thompson                        F

15                    DeMarcus Cousins                      C

Warriors

No.             Player                          Position

30                    Stephen Curry                  G

11                    Klay Thompson                G

40                    Harrison Barnes              F

10                    David Lee                            F

31                    Festus Ezeli                        C

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