NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, February 19th
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (31-22) at Sacramento Kings (18-35), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors will make their playoff push
over the final third of the season, starting Wednesday night when they visit
Sleep Train Arena to take on their Pacific Division rivals, the Sacramento
The Warriors share the seventh seed in the Western Conference with the Phoenix
Suns. The margin is so thin, the Warriors could easily move into the sixth
spot, or fall out of the postseason race.
"Our mindset is the same," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after practice on
Monday. "We had goals in the beginning. We're excited about starting the
second half of the season and getting back to good, solid basketball."
The Warriors lost three of five heading into the break, but they were without
center Andrew Bogut for the last four. He has a shoulder injury and is listed
Golden State's last time out was a crushing loss at home to the Miami Heat
when LeBron James drained a step-back, fall away 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds
left on the clock.
All-Star Steph Curry had given the Warriors the lead, but James' heroics were
too much to overcome. Curry finished with 12 points and 11 assists in his All-
Star debut Sunday night.
The Kings snapped a three-game slide in their last outing before the break.
Sacramento toppled the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden last
Wednesday, 106-101 in overtime. That victory salvaged at least one win on a
four-game eastern trip.
"I thought our defense and our ability to pull out a win tonight was terrific
going into the (All-Star) break and hopefully we can build on this coming out
of the break," said Kings head coach Michael Malone.
Jimmer Fredette poured in a career-high 24 points off the bench shooting a
scorching 6-for-8 from 3-point range to help the Kings snap a seven-game road
Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas contributed 20 points apiece to the win. Gay forced
overtime with a successful jumper with 20.8 seconds left in the fourth
quarter, while Thomas capped his night with a game-sealing basket in the final
seconds of extra time.
Thomas injured his left wrist at practice and is questionable for Wednesday's
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento before exiting
the contest in the fourth quarter with a strained left hip flexor.
Cousins and Fredette sat out practice on Monday. Cousins is listed as
probable, while Fredette is questionable.
The Warriors won both matchups against the Kings this season with one in
Oakland and the other in Sacramento. The Kings are 4-2 in their last six
against Golden State as the host.
02/19 10:27:18 ET