Warriors at Kings: What to watch for

November 5, 2012, 8:42 pm
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The Warriors are in Sacramento on Monday night to play theKings, and theyre trying to win their third consecutive game on the road tostart the season.The last time the Warriors started a season 3-0 on the roadwas back in 1994-95. Unfortunately, Golden State finished that season 26-56, sothere are no assurances as far as that goes.Still, on the heels of Saturdays victory over the Clippersin L.A., the Warriors are feeling good about their start. Theyll be facing an0-3 Kings team playing their first home game of the season.Here are some things to watch for:Boguts return: Warriors center AndrewBogut sat out Saturdays game against the Clippers, but he is expected to be inthe starting lineup tonight. Hell likely play approximately 20 minutes andwill match up against DeMarcus Cousins.Bogut acknowledged some frustration with long stretches ofinactivity as was the case on Friday against the Grizzlies between hisfirst stint in the game and his second, but thats something hes going to haveto deal with for November and perhaps beyond.The plan is to rest Bogut on the second game of back-to-backnights and to limit his minutes in the games he does play. Its worth taking alook at how Boguts teammates handle Bogut being in the lineup on some nightsand out of it on another.Curry at shooting guard: Warriors coachMark Jackson has used Stephen Curry a great deal at shooting guard through thefirst three games, and Curry has responded with a couple of nice scoringnights.While there is a large segment of Warriors fans that want tosee Curry play point guard now and into the future, it seems clear that theteam is better and perhaps Curry also when Jarrett Jack plays point andCurry plays off guard.Handling emotion: The Kings might be 0-3,but they havent played a home game yet. A sellout crowd is expected at SleepTrain Pavilion for this home opener, so the Warriors are going to have tocounter the fans enthusiasm with solid and fundamental play.In the Warriors victory over the Clippers on Saturday,Golden State gave up a big lead but never relinquished it entirely. TheClippers rallied from 14 back to tie the game on more than one occasion, butthe Warriors came up with buckets every time they needed to maintain thelead.There will likely be a time or two tonight when the crowdgets into it and the Warriors will have to keep their poise.