October 13, 2017, 9:08 am
Nothing like ending your preseason against the defending champs in their own house. That’s exactly what the Kings do tonight when they head to Oakland to face the defending champion Warriors.
If that weren’t enough of a trial, the Kings will more than likely be playing with a short-handed roster. De’Aaron Fox will likely miss his second game after injuring his back against Portland, George Hill hurt his groin last night and Bogdan Bogdanovic injured his ankle and both are more than likely going to miss tonight’s contest.
In addition to those injuries, vets like Vince Carter and Zach Randolph will probably see very limited roles in the second of a back to back.
The Kings will have to work with what they’ve got, which is still a couple players primed to either start or see significant minutes this year.
Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein headline Sacramento’s 1-4 roster as they try to get back on the right track just before the regular season.
Cauley-Stein has had a couple solid outings as of late putting up eight points and eight boards in a loss against Portland and 10 and seven against the Clippers.
For the Warriors, it’ll be there first game since returning from China where they dropped 142 points on the Timberwolves. It will also be the first time new Warrior Omri Casspi will face his previous team since signing with the Dubs in free agency.
The Kings will have to defend better than they did yesterday when they allowed the Clippers to shoot 52 percent. Additionally, the team’s offense will need to wake up. In their two games this week they’re shooting 39.5 percent from the field.
PG – Frank Mason
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Skal Labissiere
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
De’Aaron Fox – back
George Hill – groin
Bogdan Bogdanovic – ankle
HOW TO WATCH:
When: 7:30 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST)
Where: NBC Sports Bay Area