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November 5, 2012
Kings vs. Warriors: Five things to watch

The Kings are one of four winless NBA teams.

Not exactly how the Kings wanted to start the season, but hardly reason for wholesale changes.

The Kings have done some things well early, but obviously have a lot of work to do.

Here are five things to watch for tonight when the Kings look to avoid 0-4 against the Golden State Warriors.

1. Offensive efficiency: The Kings make it tough on themselves a lot on offense. Rather than work to find a better shot, there are too many times they just go at a set defense with no gameplan. So make the extra pass and get the best shot possible.
2. Play smarter: Recognize who the hot man is on offense and get him the ball and play off him. In two of three games, the Kings' best offensive player that night (Tyreke Evans at Chicago, Marcus Thornton at Indiana) went too long without touching the ball.
3. Finish the break: The Kings might have a win or two if they were doing a good job of finishing fast breaks. Perhaps it's a sign the Kings aren't athletic enough, but it could also mean they need to make better decisions on the break.
4. Keep defending: The Kings have been active and aggressive on defense. Even though the Kings haven't won a game playing this way, they can't let up on defense. The Kings don't have a proven shot blocker, but the 15 steals they had against Indiana shows they are aggressive. That's a step in the right direction.
5. Watch the whistles: The Kings aren't always getting the benefit of the doubt with the officials, but they can do a lot to not be in bad positions. Too often they reach and grab at players and pick up cheap fouls or pick up bad offensive fouls. This is especially important for DeMarcus Cousins, who has led the NBA in fouls the last two seasons.

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