PHILADELPHIA Road games against the 76ers allow Jason Thompson to do what he can't do most of the season sleep in his own bed.
Thompson lives in Philadelphia in the offseason. So with the Kings playing the 76ers tonight at Wells Fargo Center, Thompson was able to go home and get some rest after the team flew in Wednesday night from Boston.
"Sometimes you need to get away and reflect on things, especially when things aren't going that good," Thompson said.
January was a rough month for Thompson. He's still the only King shooting above 50 percent this season (.502), but he shot 48.5 percent in January and averaged only 4.6 rebounds.
Thompson said a sore knee is not an excuse for the dip in his numbers. Decreased playing time with the improvement of rookie Thomas Robinson has played a role.
Thompson said he will have a lot of friends and family at tonight's game, and he hopes a trip home will help him refocus.
"I think a little bit of home cooking always relaxes your mind, and you know all the hard work it took you to get to this position," Thompson said. "So as much as your expectations go from year to year, you realize what it took to get here. You get some memories, some flashbacks, and it makes you have that same mindset that you had when you got started."
Feeling better Starting small forward John Salmons (stomach flu) practiced Thursday with the team at Temple University.
Salmons sat out Wednesday's loss at Boston and only played the first quarter Monday at Washington because of the illness.
"(Salmons) shot the ball pretty decent," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "He obviously wasn't in the mode (Thursday) that he needs to be in."
Smart said Salmons' status for tonight would be re-evaluated after shootaround this morning.