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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Pregame notes: Thomas will sit out fourth straight game with thigh injury

03/31/2014 5:03 PM

03/31/2014 11:42 PM

The Kings will start Ray McCallum at point guard for the fourth consecutive game against the New Orleans Pelicans as Isaiah Thomas recovers from a right quad contusion.

“(Thomas is) still experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort with that deep thigh contusion,” said Kings coach Michael Malone.

After playing McCallum 48 minutes Saturday in Dallas, Malone plans to rest McCallum at some point.

The Kings signed guard Jared Cunningham to a 10-day contract today to provide a rest at either guard spot.

“I don’t want to run Ray into the ground,” “... Jared’s here. We met with him yesterday, he went through shootaround today. So we’ll throw him out there and see what he can do.”

• The Pelicans will have All-Star forward Anthony Davis (ankle) and guard Brian Roberts (knee) in the starting lineup.

Roberts being in the starting lineup will mean Tyreke Evans will not be at point guard to start the game.

• Prediction time: The Pelicans have won six of their last 10 games. Evans is one of only three players averaging at least 20 points, six assists and shooting 50 percent this month (LeBron James and James Harden are the others).

McCallum played his best game at Dallas, but it’s hard to ignore that the Kings have not won a game this season that either DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay or Thomas has missed.

Pelicans 102, Kings 100

My record: 46-26 (minus the pregame session missed due to travel issues).

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