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Kings vs. Nuggets Preview: ENTER THE DRAGON

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and success can come.

Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings
7 p.m. Pacific on Comcast SportsNet

First, I need to be recognized for not including too many syllables in a preview haiku yet. I would have expected to make it through 3-4 games before botching it.

The Nuggets visit Sacramento, having whooped the Kings thoroughly when our protagonists visited the Mile High City a few weeks back. That was the nail in Paul Westphal's big toe, and opened the door for Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins and a new era. How exactly that era is shaking out remains to be seen, but at least the head coach and team's best or second-best player aren't openly feuding. Progress.

On the court, the offense is still ... inconsistent. There are glimpses of sustainable success, especially when the defense is creating easy looks. But all too often, the offense seizes up and wears out and fails. Needless to say, you can't afford that against a team as explosive and deep as the Nuggets.

The Kings are 2-1 at home in the Smart era! We can build on this! Game's at 7, game threads at 7 and 8:30. Let's go Kings!