Jan 18, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins warms up prior tot he game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Bobcats Host DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings: Game 40 Preview

The DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors have been quiet as of late. The future of the Sacramento Kings is a more prevalent topic right now, as the team could be moving to Seattle next season.

With a storm of uncertainty surrounding the Kings players and organization, they’ll face a team in the Charlotte Bobcats who doesn’t have much stability either.

The Bobcats stopped a five-game skid last night with a win over the Orlando Magic. Kemba Walker led Bobcats scorers with 25, while Gerald Henderson had 18.

With the victory, the Bobcats became the 29th team in the league to reach 10 wins, leaving the Washington Wizards as the only team with less than 10 this season.

The same troubles that plagued the Bobcats during their losing streak last year, are still alive now. The team still ranks as one of the worst defensive and rebounding teams in the league, while not being able to score or move the ball extremely well.

The Kings share similar problems, but on bad nights they look to their starting center to bail them out.

In his last 10 games, Cousins is averaging 22pts, 13rebs, and just under four assists. Despite rampant questions about his character and personality, Cousins continues to put up big numbers at a premium position in the  NBA. A position the Bobcats lack in talent, and would love to add a player like Cousins to stabilize it.

Cousins has been at the heart of trade rumors for most of the season, and the Bobcats have been a team listed as a realistic destination. With Cousins recent play, it might make the Kings less likely to deal the Kentucky center. If the Kings do move to Seattle, then new ownership could want a player like him to help market to fans. Tonight, Cousins will have a chance to put up big numbers against one of the weakest frontcourts in the league, which could spell trouble for the Bobcats.

When the Bobcats played the Utah Jazz earlier this month, the Bobcats frontcourt didn’t bother showing up to the game. Starters Bismack Biyombo and Tyrus Thomas combined for zero points in over 30 minutes of play. A performance like that tonight will not help matters against the Kings, who are much bigger and talented up front with Cousins and Jason Thompson.

The Bobcats perimeter scoring is always going to be there, but I’m really hoping for an uncharacteristic game out of the frontcourt tonight. A great defensive performance out of Biyombo, a good game from Warrick, just something that will challenge the Kings bigs, and give the Bobcats a more balanced effort.


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