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March 2, 2013

Sunday: Charlotte Bobcats at Sacramento Kings

Bismack Biyombo vs. DeMarcus Cousins: Biyombo is billed as a defensive stopper; Cousins is undeniably one of the better low-post scorers in the NBA.

Bobcats at Kings

6 p.m., Sleep Train Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Kings
Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg Pos, Player Ppg  Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.4 3.4 G, I. Thomas 12.6 1.8
G, G. Henderson 13.2 3.6 G, T. Evans 15.5 4.7
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 8.9 5.6 F, J. Salmons 9.2 2.6
F, B. Mullens 12.5 7.8 F, J. Thompson 10.8 6.8
C, B. Biyombo 4.4 7.1 C, D. Cousins 17.2 9.9

Matchup to watch

Bismack Biyombo vs. DeMarcus Cousins: Biyombo is billed as a defensive stopper; Cousins is undeniably one of the better low-post scorers in the NBA.

Observations

• One of these teams lost its last game by 30, the other by 28. Not exactly must-see TV.
• The Kings traded rookie Thomas Robinson recently in a deal that acquired primarily Patrick Patterson from Houston. It’s not often a team gives up on such a high pick so soon.
• This could be the Bobcats’ last visit to Sacramento. A Seattle-based group has a deal to buy and move the Kings, but Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is trying to hold that off with a counter-bid.

Tap-ins

• The Kings could afford to deal Robinson in part because Jason Thompson has been solid at Robinson’s power forward spot.
• Biyombo came to the Bobcats in a draft-night deal that also sent John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette to the Kings.

Did you know?

The Kings have shot 49.5 percent from 3-point range in their past five games. This can’t be good for the Bobcats, considering how poorly they tend to defend the 3-point line.

Rick Bonnell

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