Sacramento Kings

Kings try to find chemistry as surging Clippers come to town

Point guard Chris Paul makes the offense go for the Clippers.
Point guard Chris Paul makes the offense go for the Clippers. The Associated Press

Clippers (10-2) at Kings (4-8)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Golden 1 Center

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: ESPN, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Urgency at start: Kings coach Dave Joerger said he learned from allowing a “loose shootaround” Wednesday morning, a big reason that led to a 110-105 loss to the Spurs. The Kings were in slow motion early against the elite NBA team, and the starters were badly outscored by the Spurs before Sacramento’s bench made the final score respectable.

2. Beware the guards: The Kings must keep Clipper guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick from doing what they do best: Paul facilitates and tries to draw contact on drives, and Redick is masterful in coming off screens and hitting 3-pointers.

3. Protect home court: The Clippers have won the past seven meetings in Sacramento, and if the Kings expect to salvage this early season, they must play better at Golden 1 Center.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

10

Ty Lawson

PG

40

Arron Afflalo

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Clippers

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Chris Paul

PG

4

J.J. Redick

SG

12

Luc Mbah a Moute

SF

32

Blake Griffin

PF

6

DeAndre Jordan

C

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