Kings game plan vs. Pacers on Friday

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 11:07 pm

TODAY’S GAME

KINGS (15-26)

VS. PACERS (33-8)

• Time: 7 p.m.

• Where: Sleep Train Arena

• TV/Radio: Ch. 10, 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

1. Thomas in charge: With DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay injured, the Kings need points, assists and low turnovers from Isaiah Thomas. The trio of Thomas, Cousins and Gay is usually good for at least 60 points a game, but the Kings will need to manufacture offense with other players, and that starts with Thomas.

2. Bench production: The injuries will force changes to the rotation, so Jimmer Fredette and Ben McLemore have to be able to provide scoring. Fredette has been effective lately, but McLemore has to pick up his game and might have to play small forward without Gay.

3. Unselfish mindset: The Kings cannot afford to be a one-on-one team because of their injuries and because Indiana is the best defensive team in the NBA. Ball movement, spacing and good screens are required against the Pacers.

PROBABLE STARTERS

KINGS

No. PlayerPos.
22Isaiah ThomasG
23Marcus ThorntonG
13Derrick WilliamsF
34Jason ThompsonF
33Aaron GrayC

PACERS

No. PlayerPos.
3George HillG
1Lance StephensonG
24Paul GeorgeF
21David WestF
55Roy HibbertC

– Jason Jones



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