NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 1st (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (36-21) at Charlotte Bobcats (11-42), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings take aim at their third consecutive victory tonight, when they travel to Charlotte to battle the expansion Bobcats at Charlotte Coliseum.
Sacramento has won two of three since dealing Chris Webber to the Philadelphia 76ers last Wednesday. The Kings have won both games since the three players that they acquired in the exchange have joined the fold. Corliss Williamson, Kenny Thomas and Brian Skinner have had a positive influence on the team.
On Sunday, the Kings tallied a 110-108 victory over the Washington Wizards at the MCI Center. Cuttino Mobley sank two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Kings to the win. Mobley ended with 18 for the Kings in the narrow victory.
Mike Bibby finished with 38 points, while Thomas collected 12 rebounds to go along with six points for Sacramento, which has won three of its last four. Brad Miller registered 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Maurice Evans tacked on 12 points.
Sacramento hit 49.4 percent from the field, including 10-of-22 (.455) from three-point range. The Kings hit 20-of-29 (.690) from the free throw line.
The Kings played without the services of sharpshooting swingman Peja Stojakovic (hamstring) once again. It is unknown when Stojakovic, who has missed the last six games, will return to the court.
Kings forward Darius Songaila left the contest with a sprained left ankle. Songaila is listed as day-to-day.
Sacramento, which is in the midst of a six-game road trip, is 16-13 in foreign buildings this season. The Kings have lost five of their last eight road games.
Charlotte has struggled mightily as of late, losing 20 of 23 and 26 of its last 30 games. The Bobcats' woes continued on Saturday night, dropping a 94-90 decision to the Chicago Bulls at home.
Emeka Okafor, fellow rookie and former college teammate of Ben Gordon, paced the Bobcats with a game-high 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kareem Rush, who left in the fourth quarter with a sprained right knee, ended with 13 points for Charlotte, which suffered its third consecutive loss.
Brevin Knight posted 10 points in the defeat for the Bobcats, who shot 40.2 percent from the field. Charlotte hit 1-of-5 (.200) from three-point range and 23-of-32 (.719) from the free throw line.
Gerald Wallace (wrist), Primoz Brezec (flu) and Rush are listed as questionable for tonight's game. Charlotte will have three new faces in the rotation in the coming weeks in Cory Alexander, Malik Allen and Matt Carroll.
Alexander, a veteran out of the University of Virginia, was signed Monday when center Jahidi White was waived and Bernard Robinson was shifted to the injured list. Allen was acquired from Miami for guard Steve Smith and Matt Carroll was inked for the rest of the season out of the NBDL. Carroll was moved to the injured list to open a spot for Allen.
The Bobcats, have lost nine of 11 and 13 of their last 16 home games, are 9-18 at home this season. Charlotte is finishing up a two-game homestand this evening.
Sacramento won the first-ever meeting between these teams, 109-92, at ARCO Arena on Dec. 7. Stojakovic registered 30 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Kings to the win in that contest, while Miller added 27 points.
03/01 10:13:08 ET