Feb 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Kings 86-84. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
The Clippers, having been blasted by Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley on Tuesday, visit Sacramento for a round with the Kings. It's the first match-up between the teams this season, and first time the Kings will see the Chris Paul-Blake Griffin combo. You scared? I'm kinda scared.
The Clippers' current weakness, as discussed by Clips Nation's Steve Perrin in our Q&A earlier today, is defense. Despite a plus defender at point in CP3 and a plus defender at center in DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers don't have the overall makeup of a good defensive team right now. Given how the Kings have been able to score efficiently since Isaiah Thomas has ascended to the starting lineup, this is Sacramento's opportunity: rack up the points.
... because stopping the Clips will be difficult. Griffin's a monster, and CP3 is the best playmaker in the NBA. The Clippers' bench is pretty weak, but the Kings' isn't exactly great shakes. This game will be about three of the Kings' four scorers in the starting lineup going off, and Sacramento getting enough defense to keep it tight.
Game's at 7, game threads will show at 7 and 8:30. Let's go Kings!