VS. SPURS (34-23)
Where: Sleep Train Arena
Time: 7 p.m.
TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
1. Team effort: The Kings overcame DeMarcus Cousins’ foul trouble Wednesday by relying on Rudy Gay’s 28 points and clutch fourth-quarter shots. Coach George Karl wants the Kings to be a team that gets contributions from everyone on the roster. That might be key again if Cousins still is hampered by a sore left ankle.
2. Contain Tony: A constant challenge will be keeping Tony Parker out of the lane. When Parker gets into the paint, he creates open perimeter shots for teammates or easy baskets for himself.
3. High energy: The Kings beat Memphis, one of the best teams in the West, by matching the Grizzlies’ physical play. They’ll need that same effort against the defending NBA champions – especially with the Spurs eager for a win after four consecutive losses.