NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 1st (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (16-57) at Golden State Warriors (25-49), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors hope to put an end to a five-game losing streak when the injury-plagued club welcomes the Sacramento Kings, holders of the NBA's worst record this season, to ORACLE Arena this evening.
With two of their top three scorers unavailable, the Warriors continued their slide with a disappointing home loss to fellow doormat Memphis on Monday. The 114-109 setback to the Grizzlies came after Golden State went winless on a four-game road trip through New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas and Denver.
Monta Ellis led the short-handed Warriors with 29 points and Jamal Crawford netted 26 in the loss. Golden State had just eight healthy players, with Stephen Jackson (left toe surgery), Corey Maggette (head contusion), Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle), Marco Belinelli (right ankle sprain), Brandan Wright (sore left shoulder) and Jermareo Davidson (foot surgery) all sidelined for the contest.
Jackson, the team's leading scorer with an average of 20.7 points per game, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on Tuesday. Biedrins, Golden State's starting center, is sidelined indefinitely with his injury.
Maggette, who's sat out the last three losses, is considered day-to-day and could return to the lineup tonight.
The Warriors will try to rebound against a Sacramento squad that is a horrid 5-31 on the road this season. The Kings have also lost eight of their last 10 games overall after last night's one-point defeat to visiting New Orleans. The Hornets escaped with a 111-110 victory when Rasual Butler drained a three- pointer as time expired.
Andres Nocioni scored 23 points and Kevin Martin finished with 20 for Sacramento, which was coming off a 126-118 home win over Phoenix on Sunday. Francisco Garcia contributed 19 points off the bench in the tough loss.
Despite its overall lack of success on the road, the Kings did come through with a triple-overtime triumph in Oakland on January 14. That snapped a four- game losing streak for Sacramento as the visitor in this series.
The Kings also defeated the Warriors in Sacramento back in November and have won three of their last four matchups with Golden State.
These teams will also square off in Sacramento on Sunday.
04/01 10:43:27 ET