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Game #35: Bobcats @ Kings Preview + PodCats Show talks losing streak

Who: Sacramento Kings vs Charlotte Bobcats

What: NBA Basketball – Kings Home Game

When: 10:00 PM ET

Where: Live at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

The Matchup:

Record Offensive
Sacramento 10-21 102.7 (13) 106.7 (29) 96.8 (14)
Charlotte 14-20 96.5 (28) 99.9 (6) 95.0 (24)

Previous Meetings:

12/17/2013 — 95-87 Bobcats

Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (OUT), Jeffery Taylor (OUT)

Starting Lineups

Kings Bobcats
PG Isaiah Thomas Kemba Walker
SG Ben McLemore Gerald Henderson
SF Rudy Gay Anthony Tolliver
PF Jason Thompson Josh McRoberts
C DeMarcus Cousins Al Jefferson
6th Man Derrick Williams Ramon Sessions
  • Let’s start by discussing the Bobcats current 5-game losing streak – there are a number of angles that you can attack here, but the truth is this — the team is playing it’s worst basketball of the season and has gotten away from it’s identity – defense. In the past 5 games opponents have averaged 105 PPG, 47.8 FG%, 42.1 3FG% + 26.4 APG (up from a season average of 20.6).
  • The other factor I believe has reared it’s ugly head is the fact that this team badly misses MKG + Jeffery Taylor – these past 5 games are really highlighting that for us.
  • Doug Branson and myself talked about all of the struggles recently, why it’s happening and why not to panic on the PodCats Show last night — JUST LISTEN HERE.

Sacramento —

  • Charlotte has to slow this game down tonight. The only guy who’s healthy + on this roster that can actually make anything happen in transition is Kemba. The Bobcats have to understand that the only way they’re winning games without MKG or Taylor in the lineup is to keep the game at a snails pace, get stops on the defensive end and rebound the basketball. Pretty much the model they’ve used to win all season, but slowing the game down has become extra important without your two best defenders + rim runners, MKG and Taylor.