Sacramento Kings

Kings game plan: vs. Houston Rockets

KINGS (11-11)

VS. ROCKETS (16-4)

THE PARTICULARS

▪ Where: Sleep Train Arena

▪ Time: 7:30 p.m.

▪ TV/radio: TNT, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. The full 48: The Kings can’t afford to have long lapses as they have in recent losses. The team was dreadful in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, and they’ve started slowly in other games.

2. Gang rebound: Second-chance points are hurting the Kings lately. In some cases, it’s a matter of simply going after the ball with more determination than the opponent. Without DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings need everyone to contribute on the glass.

3. Protect the arc: The Rockets lead the NBA in three-point attempts and makes per game. Houston made 12 threes in beating the Kings last month, so Sacramento needs to be aggressive in chasing the Rockets off the arc.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

34

Jason Thompson

PF

30

Reggie Evans

C

ROCKETS

No.

Player

Pos.

2

Patrick Beverley

PG

13

James Harden

SG

1

Trevor Ariza

SF

20

Donatas Motiejunas

PF

10

Tarik Black

C

Jason Jones

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