Sacramento Kings

Home-heavy Kings schedule give them time to practice

With a December schedule loaded with home games, the Kings wouldn’t mind finding time for something they can’t always do while traveling – practice.

Kings coach Michael Malone would like to use some of the time at home to get in the work the team needs to fix some of its recent turnover and defensive issues.

“When you get caught playing game, game, game, there’s always slippage with that,” Malone said. “We have a couple of days in between our next game, but then it’s a back-to-back, so it’s four (games) in five (nights).”

Malone will be judicious in how he uses the days before Friday’s game against Indiana and Saturday’s matchup against Orlando.

The Kings are off Sunday before hosting Utah on Monday. They face the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Malone would like to get in as much work as possible but cannot work the team too hard with two sets of back-to-back games.

“We’ll try to find time to clean up all the slippage that we’ve had lately and try to get back to the team we were earlier this year when we got off to a 5-1 start,” Malone said.

Dish extension – Dish Network customers were able to watch Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors at Sleep Train Arena after the satellite TV provider and Comcast SportsNet agreed to a short-term extension in their ongoing negotiations.

The original expiration date for negotiations was Monday at 9 p.m. The length of the extension is unknown.

Comcast SportsNet broadcasts Kings, Sharks, Giants and A’s games, plus pregame and postgame shows for those teams and the 49ers and Raiders in the Sacramento region.

Dish Network and Comcast SportsNet have been negotiating the amount Dish pays to carry the regional networks.

Comcast SportsNet, which is part of the NBC Sports Group, has said it is seeking the same fees – less than a 10 percent increase – paid by other TV providers, but Dish reportedly has said Comcast SportsNet wants a 40 percent increase.

The negotiations also affect regional sports networks in Chicago, Washington-Baltimore and New England.

Frequent views – Though Tuesday’s game was the first regular-season meeting with the Raptors this season, the Kings have seen a lot of them already.

The Kings played Toronto twice in the preseason, including games in Sacramento and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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