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Game thread: Sacramento Kings vs Golden State Warriors @ KeyArena

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is back in Seattle.

It’s not the Sonics, and it’s only one night, but the NBA is playing in Seattle. Former Sonics Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant, Washington State Cougar Klay Thompson, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are playing host to the Sacramento Kings in the final event before construction begins on the $700 million KeyArena renovation.

Golden State’s other stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are both out of action. However, that’s not to say it can’t be an exciting game. The last preseason game I went to (which also, coincidentally, featured the Warriors, against the Denver Nuggets) featured two buzzer beaters from point guard Patrick McCaw, one to send the game into overtime and one to win it.

Regardless of the product on the court, the real story will be in the stands. The game is certainly going to be a tidal wave of green and gold accompanied by a roar of Sonics chants. With ESPN covering the event nationally, it’s time to show the entire country what the league is missing by not having a team in Seattle.

The NBA is back in Seattle. For one night. For now.