Don't let the turnovers, bad defense and 21-41 record fool you. The Sacramento Kings are dangerous. They've beaten the Warriors in their two meetings (in Sacramento) this season and will be looking for their third win in five games Wednesday night in Oakland.
"They're a pretty capable team," backup guard Jarrett Jack said. "They have a bunch of guys who can put the ball in the basket, and if they get hot they're tough to deal with. They just don't seem to have the consistency to do it all the time; I don't know why they pick us to have the consistency against."
The Warriors will have to dig in defensively, especially against center DeMarcus Cousins, who has 47 points and 22 rebounds in Sacramento's two wins over Golden State.
"He's physical, can knock down the shot, can rebound, is an excellent passer, he has no flaws in his game," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "It's important how we play him early - if you make him work for everything early, it gets interesting. If he starts off with a couple of baskets and a couple of dunks, you're in for a long night."
Wednesday's game is the second of a seven-game homestand as the Warriors (34-27) try to hold on to the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Golden State won the first game Monday against Toronto - and snapped a four-game losing streak - because it let loose, Jack said.
"Collectively, we just got away from having fun, smiling, laughing, high-fiving one another," Jack said. "That was my total mind-set, regardless of whether or not I scored."
Jack, who actually scored 16 points against the Raptors, didn't tell his teammates to loosen up before the game, he just led by example.
"We'd done enough talking," Jack said. "We had enough team meetings and talking about what we needed to do to correct things. Let's lead by our actions. Just give everything I got and play with a care-free attitude."
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San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 6