Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Preview: Warriors vs Kings

The Golden State Warriors (10-6), who are looking for their fourth straight win, host the Sacramento Kings (7-7) tonight at 10:30EST. This is the first time in a long time where the Warriors and Kings match up where the Warriors have a better record than the Kings. Sacramento is coming off three straight wins, including a win last night against Charlotte. They are only 1-4 in away games, but I'm sure there will be plenty of Kings fans at the Arena tonight making noise.

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This will be a good test of the Warriors. The Warriors haven't beaten a top team yet, losing to San Antonio and the Clippers. Sacramento is playing well right now and should provide a barometer of where the Warriors stand amongst the top teams in the Western Conference.

The Kings are a high octane offense, so tonight the Warriors' defense will be put to the test. Bibby has been on fire lately, averaging almost 27 points over his last 5 games. If the Warriors want to win tonight, they better figure out how to limit his points or it will be difficult to win. They like to run cuts while the ball is in Brad Miller hands as he leads the team in assists with 6.5 per game. Then there's always the dangerous Peja Stojakovic who's back from an injury and looking to shoot the lights out. The Warriors will have to defend and rebound tonight to limit any second chance opportunities.

For the Warriors, last year JRich tore up the Kings to the tune of 34.3 points per game. If he continues his solid play as he's done all year, he could tear up the Kings again. Bonzi Wells will be guarding him this time around so it will be a little more difficult than last year as Bonzi is active on defense and long enough to bother JRich's shot.

Baron's been struggling with his shot, especially the 3 pointer, but he's doing all the things to help the Warriors stay in the win column.
``This is probably right where I thought I would be with the hamstring,'' Davis said. ``I'm averaging a career-low, but at the same time we're winning. I'm happy. It's fun.

``Once I start knocking down my 3 ball, we'll be a force to reckon with. I've been very patient with my game. I know I'm helping our team win.''

Hopefully we get a nice dose of Ike tonight as he can bang down low with Brad Miller and Shareef to get some points in the paint. Using an Ike and Murphy combo should provide problems for the Kings as Ike can post up and Murphy can step out to shoot the jumper.

Should be a fun game, both teams will probably hit 100 points and get up and down the floor in a track meet.


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