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Kings game plan vs. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, looks to pass as Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. AP

KINGS (20-35)

VS. SPURS (34-23)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Sleep Train Arena

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

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.

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

SPURS

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Tony Parker

PG

14

Danny Green

SG

2

Kawhi Leonard

SF

21

Tim Duncan

PF

16

Aron Baynes

C

Matt Kawahara

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