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Kings vs. Maccabi Haifa Preview: Now it's Sacramento's turn to host an international team

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The Kings are back home in Sacramento for the last time before the regular season home opener.  They're hosting Israeli team Maccabi Haifa at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.  There is no television broadcast of the game but as usual you can hear it on KHTK 1140.


1. DeMarcus Cousins sat out last game with "bilateral achilles soreness" so I wouldn't be surprised to see him sit out this game either, especially since it isn't against NBA competition.  Carl Landry got the start for him last time, but did not play much himself.  At some point this preseason I'd like to see Carl get an extended look, but I understand that Coach may be easing him into things.

2. Ben McLemore has been pretty good this preseason and is coming off a 22 point outing against Brooklyn.  The biggest thing I want to see from Ben is consistency, which is something he was not able to provide last season.  If Ben can keep up his production and efficiency throughout the remainder of the preseason, it will be a good sign going forward and increase the likelihood that he'll retain his starting role.

3. With Maccabi in town, I think it might be a good time to get Ray McCallum some more playing time.  McCallum is the third string guard behind Collison and Sessions, but I think it'd be worth seeing him with more of the main group of guys.  He's also big enough that he could play in some of the two guard sets with either Collison or Sessions.  Preseason is the time to experiment, especially when you're hosting an international team.


We're playing a team called Maccabi,
for whom basketball is more than a hobby.
It's our game to lose,
so let's not make the news,
and win this one for Robby.