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Kings game plan vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Los Angeles Clippers' Spencer Hawes tangles with Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol during the first half on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Clippers' Spencer Hawes tangles with Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol during the first half on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. TNS

KINGS (19-35)

VS. GRIZZLIES (41-14)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Stay up-tempo: The Grizzlies excel at making teams play at their slower pace, forcing the opponent to deal with their formidable frontcourt. If the Kings are locked up in a slow game, Memphis has the advantage with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the post.

2. Green effect: Memphis is 15-3 since acquiring Jeff Green from Boston. He provides perimeter scoring the Grizzlies have lacked, and the Kings need to be aware of him and defend aggressively.

3. Pass to score: Memphis is too good defensively for the Kings to get selfish, so they must share the ball. If the offense lacks flow and the passing is poor, the Grizzlies will force turnovers and score easily in transition.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Ray McCallum

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

GRIZZLIES

No.

Player

Pos.

11

Mike Conley

PG

5

Courtney Lee

SG

32

Jeff Green

SF

50

Zach Randolph

PF

33

Marc Gasol

C

Jason Jones

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