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Sacramento Kings at Golden State Warriors: Civil War in Northern California

The Kings have not had much luck closing out games as of late.  In their past three losses, the Kings have had big leads that they've let get away from them late in games.  The Kings need to learn how to close out games, and there's no more fitting opponent to attempt to do so than the Warriors.

The Kings have probably suffered no bigger late game collapse than the last game against the Warriors on Dec. 21st, when Golden State managed to come back from a 16 point 4th quarter deficit to tie the game.  The final two minutes of play saw Sacramento foul three point shooters twice, DeMarcus Cousins now infamous choke gesture, and a fumbled rebound out of bounds that gave Golden State a chance to tie the game and send it to OT, which they did, on a Vladimir Radmanovic buzzer beater three.  The Kings went on to lose by 8 in Overtime and the aftermath marked the lowest point of this already dismal season.

Revenge won't be an easy task for Sacramento though.  Golden State has been playing well as of late, winning their last three in a row and 5 of their last 7 games.  They also have Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins back (both were injured during the teams first meeting) which bolsters the depth of the team.

Sacramento will need good games from Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins to have a chance.  Beno Udrih has been carrying the team as of late, and well, when Beno Udrih has to carry your team, that's usually not a good sign.