Sacramento Kings

Kings game plan vs. Golden State Warriors

KINGS (16-26) AT

WARRIORS (34-6)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Oracle Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 680, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Own the pace: The Kings are trying to use an up-tempo offense, but this might be one game in which a slower pace would serve them better. The Warriors lead the NBA in possessions per 48 minutes, points and fast-break points per game. If this becomes a track meet, it may be hard for the Kings to keep up.

2. Protect the ball: One way the Warriors create those fast-break chances is with aggressive defense – they force the fifth-most turnovers in the league and are second in points per game off turnovers (19.6). The Kings have to avoid careless turnovers that would let Golden State run in the open court.

3. Avoid the run: Teams have played the Warriors close at times this year, only to have Golden State go on a sudden run. The last time these teams met, the Warriors pulled away with a 17-0 run in the first quarter. The Kings can’t let things get away that early.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

WARRIORS

No.

Player

Pos.

30

Steph Curry

PG

11

Klay Thompson

SG

40

Harrison Barnes

SF

23

Draymond Green

PF

12

Andrew Bogut

C

Matt Kawahara

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