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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Pregame notes: Gay to make debut starting at small forward

12/13/2013 5:35 PM

12/13/2013 8:54 PM

The three newest Kings are available tonight, giving the Kings 13 active players.

Rudy Gay will start at small forward with Derrick Williams coming off the bench. Williams had started his first seven games with the Kings.

Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray have been trying to catch up to what the Kings do on offense and defense in time for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said starting Gay would give the Kings “some serious firepower out there on the offensive end.”

*Kings coach Michael Malone has this expectation of the Kings: “We play hard, we compete and we bring energy and effort.”

Malone noted those attributes were absent in Wednesday’s loss to Utah.

*Hornacek said containing Isaiah Thomas is a top priority. Thomas scored 23 points in Sacramento’s win here Nov. 20.

*Unlike the first two meetings this season won by the Kings, Phoenix will have Eric Bledsoe in the lineup. This will be one of the toughest tests of the Kings’ guards defensively. Bledsoe and Dragic both can take the ball off the dribble and attack the defense.

Dragic had 31 points against the Kings in the last game here.

Prediction time: The Kings will go through an adjustment period with so much change recently. It doesn’t help playing a team with two guards that can exploit a problem area for Sacramento’s defense.

Phoenix has no answer for DeMarcus Cousins, but that might not be enough to overcome Bledsoe and Dragic.

Suns 102, Kings 97

My record: 12-8

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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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