Kings (27-41) at Thunder (39-29)
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
When: Saturday, 12 p.m.
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TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
1. Keep Westbrook out of paint: MVP candidate Russell Westbrook of the Thunder is a dangerous offensive player. The Kings cannot allow him to break down the defense and get to the rim easily.
2. Team rebounding: Westbrook can ignite a fast break by himself when he grabs a rebound. The Kings need to make sure they find him on missed shots and not allow him to dominate.
3. Defend without fouling: Westbrook’s aggression often leads to teams fouling him and putting him on the foul line a lot. The Kings have to try to avoid doing this, too.