Kings vs. Warriors Preview: HERE WE PLAY

Basketball is back
Sacramento has survived
Yep, it's Jimmer Time.

Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors (preseason)
Oracle Arena, Oakland
7:30 p.m. Pacific, Comcast Sports Bay Area and NBA TV

This one doesn't count, but it definitely counts, because it is basketball, because it features our favorite team, and because it is on our TVs.

Because it's preseason and John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and DeMarcus Cousins are all unlikely to play, this game will be more about seeing the new additions in action and the fitness level of the old hands. Tyreke Evans is chief among the concerns on the latter; he sat out the scrimmage on Thursday with a tweaked ankle. His health is obviously of paramount importance to the team.

Two of the newcomers -- Jimmer Fredette and J.J. Hickson -- should get starts due to the injuries. Paul Westphal announced on Friday that he's planning on starting Jimmer at point guard, Marcus Thornton at the two and Reke at small forward. Hickson and Jason Thompson will fill in up front.

The Warriors had a rough offseason, striking out on every big man they targeted until they got far enough down the list to sign Kwame Brown for $7 million. They also replaced Keith Smart, a coach who led the team to a 10-win improvement in one year, with Mark Jackson, who is a noted TV analyst and is the pastor of a congregation that includes Silkk The Shocker.

Smart is, of course, now a Kings assistant, continuing the teams' habit of sharing coaches.

We'll have a game thread at 7:30 for all the action. REMINDER: this game is on CSN Bay Area, not the usual CSN California. It's also on NBA TV. Let's go Kings!

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