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Kings Vs. Hornets Preview: DONKEY BASKETBALL

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Sacramento burns
under the weight of unmet,
low expectations.

New Orleans Hornets at Sacramento Kings
The Gymmer, Sacramento
6 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet California

We know all about how the Kings are doing. What about the Hornets? After sending Chris Paul to L.A. for a package built more for 2015 than 2011-12, are the Hornets as bad as we all thought they'd be?

Nope. Not really.

The Hornets are 2-1, with wins over the Suns and Celtics and a loss to the Suns. Boston came in without Paul Pierce, but that's still a solid win for N.O. Phoenix is a whole lot worse than we remember them for some strange reason; Steve Nash may finally be falling apart. So it's not the great 2-1 start in the world, but it's solid.

The more impressive note is that the C's win came without Eric Gordon, who also missed the second Suns loss. As you'd expect with a team that features Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, it's all about defense with the Hornets. New Orleans currently rates No. 7 in the NBA in defense and No. 22 in offense; the team's shooting defense sits at No. 3. Against a team like the Kings struggling to even figure out what they are supposed to be running, that defense has the potential to look brilliant.

It appears Gordon will again sit, which makes Marcus Thornton's job easier. Chuck Hayes will match up with old friend Carl Landry; we have seen first-hand that Landry loves battling with Chuckwagon, and we can't rule out that N.O.'s anemic offense will make the Kings look bad.

Game's at 6. Game threads at 6 and 7:30. Let's go Kings!