Sacramento Kings

KINGS GAME AT A GLANCE: VS. TRAIL BLAZERS

THE PARTICULARS

▪ Where: Sleep Train Arena

▪ Time: 7 p.m.

▪ TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

▪ 1. 13 or less: The Kings would like to cut their turnovers – at least in half – from Wednesday’s season opener (27), the team’s most since March 19, 2006, at Minnesota. The Kings cannot afford to give Portland too many extra possessions or they’ll lose big.

▪ 2. Pass, pass, pass: Sacramento needs to make multiple passes to create the best shots for teammates. The Kings make themselves easier to defend when they hold the ball and players stop moving. It’s a reason the team shot just 30.8 percent Wednesday against Golden State.

▪ 3. Stay defensive: The biggest positive from Wednesday’s loss was the team’s overall defense. It’ll need another big defensive effort against the Trail Blazers, who can hurt the Kings with perimeter shooting or in the post with All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

TRAIL BLAZERS

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Damian Lillard

PG

2

Wesley Matthews

SG

88

Nicolas Batum

SF

12

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

42

Robin Lopez

C

Jason Jones

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