Kings’ game plan vs. Washington Wizards

Published: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 10:57 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 11:27 pm

TODAY’S GAME

KINGS (17-33)

AT WIZARDS (24-25)

• Time: 3 p.m.

• Where: Verizon Center, Washington

• TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

• 1. Efficient offense: The Kings usually don’t have problems scoring, but they’ve shot 41 percent or worse in three of the last four games. The Kings are 2-2 over the last four, but until the defense proves it can be consistent, the offense has to be better to give the team its best chance to win.

• 2. Defensive awareness: All five Washington starters average double figures in scoring. While John Wall is the director of the offense, the Kings have to be wary of not allowing the Wizards to get whatever they want from the other four starters.

• 3. Stepping up: Rudy Gay (flu) was unable to practice Saturday. Marcus Thornton (right hip contusion) participated in non-contact drills. If neither can play, the Kings need their replacements in the starting lineup and the bench to help pick up the slack. Gay will be a game-time decision, and Thornton will be re-evaluated today.

PROBABLE STARTERS

KINGS

No. PlayerPos.
22Isaiah ThomasG
16Ben McLemoreG
13Derrick WilliamsF
34Jason ThompsonF
15DeMarcus CousinsC

WIZARDS

No. PlayerPos.
2John WallG
3Bradley BealG
1Trevor Ariza F
42NeneF
4Marcin GortatC

– Jason Jones

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