Game 55 Preview: Sacramento Kings vs Minnesota Timberwolves

Sacramento Kings (18-34) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (25-29)

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Last game: Minnesota: L, 119-106 vs Portland, Sacramento: L. 111-99 vs New Jersey

One of the many players Minnesota will miss in tonights matchup with the Kings.

One of the many players Minnesota will miss in tonight's matchup with the Kings.

The Timberwolves are sliding quickly. Despite Kevin Love’s 26 points and nine rebounds against the Blazers yesterday, Minnesota was a step behind the Blazers for most of the game and lost their eighth in 11 tries.

Sacramento lost to New Jersey, putting forth a lackluster effort on Saturday, the second night of a back to back. Tyreke Evans had one of his best shooting nights of the season, putting up 23 points on a tidy 9-15 from the field, but Deron Williams eviscerated the Kings, scoring 19 points and dishing out 15 assists.

The Key Questions

#1. So, will anyone actually be watching this game?

Besides me, that is. Follow me on Twitter (@xtomchaptersx) and talk to me if you are watching, or if you just feel like talking about the Wolves while you watch the NCAA Finals and wish Minnesota still had their own pick. Sigh.

#2. Let’s talk about Isaiah Thomas for a second.

Not a question, but I didn’t know how else to awkwardly transition into this. Not only has Isaiah Thomas been surprisingly productive, he has done it quite efficiently. Thomas’ true shooting percent is currently at 57%, and his turnover percentage is 15.3%. Both marks are significantly better than Houston’s star of efficiency Kyle Lowry. Note: I’m not saying Isaiah Thomas is better than Lowry. I’m just pointing out this fact: Mr. Irrelevant is really good.

#3. Any update on the injury front?

Nope. Beas, Pek and Barea will all be sitting out again tonight. Pekovic apparently has been working out with the team and hopes to return soon, but if the Wolves lose anymore games, letting him sit out the season might be prudent: lower leg injuries shouldn’t be missed with. Just ask Steph Curry.

The Key Matchups

DeMarcus Cousins will likely be stuck with Kevin Love tonight. Love is understandably exhausted, and has been playing like a hero for weeks. But if he can muster up the energy, Cousins can’t defend his range.

Luke Ridnour will have to try and contain the aforementioned Thomas. Ridnour has quietly been continuing his excellent play: he had 21 against the Blazers yesterday.

The Outlook

The second night of a back to back is tough for every team, and the Kings are above .500 at home. Tonight will be a challenge for the Wolves.

Game starts at 9 on Fox Sports North