Kings vs. Warriors: CAN'T DETOUR

Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings
7 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet California

The Kings nearly beat, and should have beaten, the Warriors at Oracle this week, so understandably, we're all hoping for and possibly expecting a win. (It's hard to expect wins with a team this inconsistent.) That the Kings knocked off the Blazers in Marcus Thornton's return -- moving to 6-9 with the guard in the lineup, just 1-6 without him -- is another positive indicator.

But this is Sacramento, y'all.

The red flag is that Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry didn't do anything on Tuesday; Monta scored 12 on 5-17 and Curry scored three points. You can't exactly count on that again ... and the Warriors still won. David Lee gave Jason Thompson all he could handle, and the Warriors' designated shooters (Dorell Wright and Brandon Rush) were on fire.

Of course, the Kings were without Thornton, and Jimmer Fredette didn't do much in his place (5 points, 2-6 shooting). DeMarcus Cousins was a tank, and it's reasonable to expect he can replicate that performance against Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh.

Tyreke Evans had a helluva game Tuesday, though he faded late ... the Kings (as always) need a good performance from him to excel. Will we get it? Can the team put together another two-game winning streak?

Game's at 7. Game threads at 7 and 8:30. Let's go Kings!

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