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Kings vs. Trail Blazers Preview: Time to get back on track

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Sacramento's season didn't get off to a good start as they dropped opening night to the Warriors, but they have a chance of redemption this Halloween.  The Blazers aren't much easier than the Warriors, but the Kings can't play much worse than they did on Wednesday.  Tonight's action tips off at 7:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.  Wednesday night saw the Kings turn the ball over 27 times, an absurd amount for an NBA team.  The Kings can't win a game against the Philadelphia 76ers let alone the Portland Trail Blazers if they turn the ball over that much.  Learning and running a new offense takes time, but cutting down on stupid mistakes like 5 second violations and over the back calls will help.  DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay also have to lead by example here as the team's best players.

2. Sacramento actually did a pretty good job of executing defensively against the Warriors.  The Blazers are similar in that they will also try to shoot a lot of threes so the Kings should be ready for a similar game plan.  The Blazers do have LaMarcus Aldridge though, a player unlike any on the Warriors, and he has hurt the Kings in the past.

3. The Kings bench will need to perform much better than they did, particularly Ramon Sessions.  Sessions was a non-factor in Wednesday's game, and the Kings need him to be effective, especially during offensive lulls like Wednesday's third quarter.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Rudy Gay vs. Nicolas Batum

Rudy Gay was not at his best on Wednesday, forcing the issue several times and moving the ball even less.  He had most of his success taking the ball inside, but he'll have a tough matchup in Portland's Nicolas Batum.  Batum's a fantastic all-around player, and will make Rudy work hard on both ends of the court.  Rudy has to do his part to not give the defense what they want in taking tough shots or not moving the ball quick enough.

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PREGAME LIMERICK

The Kings made a mistake or two,
their offense as smelly as poo.
Time to take care of the ball,
and win it all,
unless they want me to spew.

PREDICTION

Kings 98, Blazers 24 after the Kings use the 3D projectors into fooling the Blazers into thinking the basket is not where it actually is.