April 22, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Derrick Brown (4) and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) go after a loose ball during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Kings win 114-88. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Look to Thomas For Leadership vs. Bobcats: Game Preview


The Sacramento Kings looked disjointed and tired in their last road game in San Antonio. The Kings had played a great game in Miami, but came up short. They beat an equally disjointed Orlando team, but looked as they had simply run out of energy in San Antonio.

The Kings face the Charlotte Bobcats tonight and they will need to take advantage of a nights rest and beat the Eastern Conference’s worst team. The Kings became the worst team in the Western Conference when they were they lost to San Antonio becoming the first team in the Western Conference with 40 losses.

The Bobcats have looked even more dismal in this season, as they have played their way to worst record in the NBA. The Kings will need to remember the passing and teamwork that they displayed they are playing with against Miami and Orlando. The Kings have shown a tendancey to play down to losing teams. The Kings are capable however, of having a big night against the Bobcats if they come out in the first quarter and set the tone.

The Kings need Isaiah Thomas to be a floor leader, and to remember that he is capable of scoring in bunches, and should look to his shot as a secondary weapon to setting his teammates up. When Isaiah Thomas gets to the basket and chooses to kick the ball out, he draws the defense of other teams to him and towards the basket. When Thomas can draw the opposing team towards the basket or towards him, he often will create better spacing and thus creating better opportunities for his teammates to create or score.

Thomas’ ability to score in bunches can allow him to become more of a fourth quarter scoring threat if he chooses to play himself into the ball game and score when he needs to. But when Thomas creates for Cousins, Evans, Thornton Thompson, Patterson, or or any his teammates, the results have been good.

Sacramento has forced 38 steals in their last three games, and will need to remember the key to getting into the open court is defense. The Kings have shown they are capable, but only in stretches. The Kings need 48 of good defense to beat a Charlotte team who is hungry for win.

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Tags: Charlotte Bobcats DeMarcus Cousins Isaiah Thomas Jason Thompson Marcus Thornton Patrick Patterson Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans