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Kings Need to Beat the Knicks: Game Preview

The Sacramento Kings prepare to take on a very talented New York Knicks team, as they look to find a way to get back into the win column.

The Knicks have the second best record in the Eastern Conference, and the fourth best record in the league entering tonight’s match-up against the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. As the Kings enter tonights game, they are uncertain whether or not they will regain the services of their starting center, Demarcus Cousins. Cousins hasn’t been with the team for the last two games after severing a one game suspension, that turned into Keith Smart asking Cousins to stay home for the following game. Smart stuck to his guns keeping his star big man off the court, and will continue to do so until he feels the young center has shown he is ready to return to the team. Smarts decision has raised many questions after the Kings were completely blown out by a Portland team that the Kings should be better than. Clearly, the team needs its two young stars if they want to be able to compete on a regular basis.

The team is arguably growing, but not as individuals rather than as a team. Isaiah Thomas was quoted in the Sacramento Bee saying, ”We’ve got enough players to play well without them even though they’re our best two players.” Thomas needs to remember that no one on a 9-19 team is good enough. Everything the team accomplishes means almost nothing when the team is at a dismal .321 win percentage. (Worst then last years mark of .333)

The Kings will need to continue to share the ball as they have in their last two games, as they have recorded 59 assists in the last two games. New York is the second best in the NBA this season from beyond the three point arc shooting 40.4 percent. The Kings need to get out, and challenge the Knicks on the perimeter and not allow them to get hot.

New York will be without Raymond Felton, and potentially without Carmelo Anthony and Rasheed Wallace. If the Knicks are without these players, the Kings must not allow themselves to play at a lower level, and will need to play at their best.

Probable Starters

Kings
No. Player Position
3 Aaron Brooks G
5 John Salmons G
23 Marcus Thornton F
34 Jason Thompson F
52 James Johnson C

Knicks
No. Player Position
5 Jason Kidd G
4 James White G
11 Ronnie Brewer F
40 Kurt Thomas F
6 Tyson Chandler C

Tags: Aaron Brooks DeMarcus Cousins James Johnson James White Jason Kidd Jason Thompson John Salmons Keith Smart Kurt Thomas Marcus Thornton New York Knicks Ronnie Brewer Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans Tyson Chandler

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