AT WIZARDS (24-25)
• Time: 3 p.m.
• Where: Verizon Center, Washington
• TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140, 950
• 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.
– Jason Jones