Sacramento Kings

Golden State Warriors offer young Kings a late-season test

Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein follows thru on a basket against the Golden State Warriors in a February game.
Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein follows thru on a basket against the Golden State Warriors in a February game. hamezcua@sacbee.com

KINGS (27-44) AT WARRIORS (57-14)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Oracle Arena

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140 AM

THREE KEYS

1. Avoid the run: Last time these teams met, the Warriors blew the game open with a 42-15 run in the third quarter. If Golden State gets hot, the Kings need to find someone who can make shots, slow the tempo and keep things from getting out of hand.

2. Barnes vs. ‘The Enemy’: This will be Matt Barnes’ first time facing the Kings since they released him in February. On Thursday, the Sacramento native told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle: “I’m trying to kill ’em. Simple.” He also added: “They’re the enemy now.”

3. Build experience: The Kings are playing their youngsters while looking to the future, and what better experience than facing the defending Western Conference champs in their building?

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

G

24

Buddy Hield

G

40

Arron Afflalo

G

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

F

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Warriors

No.

Player

Pos.

30

Stephen Curry

G

11

Klay Thompson

G

0

Patrick McCaw

G

23

Draymond Green

F

27

Zaza Pachulia

C

Kings (27-44) at Warriors (57-14)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Oracle Arena

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140 AM

THREE KEYS

1. Avoid the run: Last time these teams met, the Warriors blew the game open with a 42-15 run in the third quarter. If Golden State gets hot, the Kings need to find someone who can make shots, slow the tempo and keep things from getting out of hand.

2. Barnes vs. ‘The Enemy’: This will be Matt Barnes’ first time facing the Kings since they released him in February. On Thursday, the Sacramento native told Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle: “I’m trying to kill ’em. Simple.” He also added: “They’re the enemy now.”

3. Build experience: The Kings are playing their youngsters while looking to the future, and what better experience than facing the defending Western Conference champs in their building?

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

G

24

Buddy Hield

G

40

Arron Afflalo

G

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

F

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Suns

No.

Player

Pos.

30

Stephen Curry

G

11

Klay Thompson

G

0

Patrick McCaw

G

23

Draymond Green

F

27

Zaza Pachulia

C

Matt Kawahara

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