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December 19, 2012
Kings vs. Warriors: Fives things to watch

The five things to watch has been on hiatus for a couple of games. I'm actually looking for something different for pregame because honestly it's not always easy to come up with something other than:

1. Make shots
2. Defend
3. Share the ball
4. Play with energy and effort
5. (Fill in player that must play better)

Enough about me, here are five things to look out for tonight when the Golden State Warriors visit Sleep Train Arena.

1. Defending David Lee: Warriors forward David Lee is playing as well as any player in the NBA. Jason Thompson, Thomas Robinson, Chuck Hayes or DeMarcus Cousins could be in trouble against Lee if matched up with him. James Johnson is another option.
2. Finding time for Jimmer: With Marcus Thornton set to return to the lineup, Keith Smart will have to figure out how to best get Jimmer Fredette on the floor. He's coming off a career-high 22 points, but as this season has shown, that doesn't guarantee Fredette playing time tonight.
3. Bench advantage: The Warriors have been bolstered by adding veterans Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack. The Kings need their reserves to play well, especially with Tyreke Evans' status uncertain because of a sore left knee.
4. Cousins consistency: Lately, Cousins has been consistently erratic on offense (9 of 36). That has to change soon. Cousins has to run the floor hard and play with maximum effort on both ends of the floor. He also has to attack smarter and know when to post up and when to use his athleticism against opponents.
5. Home pride: The Kings were routed in their last home game. They have to show more fight in front of the home fans.



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