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Kings vs. Warriors Preview: Opening night is here!

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Breathe a sigh of relief Kings fans.  The offseason is over.  The Kings officially tip-off the 2014-15 season tonight against the visiting Golden State Warriors and we can go back to watching actual basketball being played.  I, for one, can't wait.  Opening night tips off at 7:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140.


1. For those of you attending the game, there will be a pre-game tailgate starting at 4:30 pm in Lot J.  I'm sure there will be a lot of dedicated Kings fans and StR readers/commenters attending the tailgate, so if you can get off work a little early, see if you can get out to the tailgate.

2. The Kings didn't exactly have the most inspiring preseason, and this Warriors team that is coming into town is way better than any team the Kings actually did face in preseason.  Sacramento has to be ready for what is an incredibly tough matchup.  The Warriors are superior at almost every position, and even at SF and C, they have defensive answers (Iguodala and Bogut) to our offensive powers (Gay and Cousins).

3. The Kings are fully healthy going into tonight, but the Warriors will be without starting Power Forward David Lee as well as backup Point Guard Shaun Livingston.  Backup guard Brandon Rush, a noted Kings-killer, is questionable.

Matchup of the Game

Darren Collison vs. Stephen Curry

During last postseason, Darren Collison received some praise from Clippers coach Doc Rivers for how he stepped up and defended Stephen Curry.  The Kings will need the same defensive effort from Collison tonight.  Curry is one of the most lights-out shooters in league history, and for the Kings to have a chance to win, they'll have to make sure he doesn't get out of control.  Collison should also make sure to attack on offense and force Curry to expend some energy on that end of the court.


It's that wonderful time of the year,
for Opening Night is here!
The Kings are back,
ready to attack,
so relax and grab a beer!


Kings 107, Warriors 103 as Nik Stauskas hits the game-winning four point play.  Oh, and Giants win the World Series, I guess.