Game 67 Preview: LA Clippers at Sacramento Kings

Derrick Williams and Blake Griffin await free throws to be shot. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (22-44)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: Ryan Hollins

Los Angeles Clippers Probable Starters (43-25)

PG: Chris Paul
SG: J.J. Redick
SF: Hedo Turkoglu
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeAndre Jordan

Three things to ponder

1. D-stress test

After losing to the Hawks on Monday, the Kings face another high-powered offense in the Clippers. Dead-eye shooter Jamal Crawford (calf) will sit out, but Los Angeles has no shortage of weapons. The Kings surrendered 121.5 points per loss to the Clippers this season, but only 92 in their sole win, which proves again the gravity of defense.

2. 3-point struggles

Versus the Clippers this schedule, the Kings have shot a combined 12-of-44 (27.3 percent) from downtown. Los Angeles is tough on the perimeter but even tougher inside, allowing the NBA’s third-least points in the paint per game, so Sacramento must keep them honest.

3. Bad blood

It’s public knowledge that the Kings and Clippers don’t hold each other in the highest regard. Between Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Spencer Hawes and several other prideful personalities, things are likely to get chippy.

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