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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Pregame notes: Kings without three starters against OKC

04/08/2014 7:02 PM

04/08/2014 9:54 PM

The margin of error with from slim to none quickly.

Already down Isaiah Thomas (right quad contusion), the Kings will also be without their starting forwards, Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans, both with back injuries when the Kings host the Oklahoma City Thunder, tonight.

Jason Thompson will start for Evans. Kings coach Michael Malone said either Travis Outlaw or Derrick Williams would start for Gay.

• The Thunder will have Thabo Sefolosha back in the starting lineup tonight. He missed the previous 17 games with a calf injury. Russell Westbrook (knee) is being given the night off.
• The Kings have recalled forward Willie Reed from the Reno Bighorns. Reed is active for tonight’s game.

Reed averaged 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in five games with Reno.

• Prediction time: DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 10 points on 32 percent shooting in two games against the Thunder. Hard to see that changing much without Gay and Thomas.

Thunder 106, Kings 90

My record: 49-27 (minus the pregame session missed due to travel issues).

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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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