Kings game plan vs. Magic

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 11:08 pm

TONIGHT’S GAME

KINGS (11-22) VS. MAGIC (10-25)

• Time: 7 p.m.

• Where: Sleep Train Arena

• TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

• 1. First quarter under 30: The Kings have allowed 30 or more points in the first quarter of their last three games. Setting a better defensive tone early would help them forget they allowed 46 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s win over Portland.

• 2. Big-guard lineup: The Kings could exploit Orlando’s small lineup by using 6-foot-8 Rudy Gay at guard, allowing him to post up Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo or Arron Afflalo in certain situations.

• 3. New role: Marcus Thornton has been a scorer his entire career, but the Kings don’t need that from him with Gay, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins also in the starting lineup. Thornton has to do more rebounding, defending and passing.

PROBABLE STARTERS

KINGS

No. PlayerPos.
22Isaiah ThomasG
23Marcus ThorntonG
8Rudy GayF
34Jason ThompsonF
15DeMarcus CousinsC

MAGIC

No. PlayerPos.
14Jameer NelsonG
5Victor OladipoG
4Arron AfflaloF
12Tobias HarrisF
11Glen DavisC

– Jason Jones

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