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Game plan: Kings at Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard (8) drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (21) and Jahlil Okafor during the first half of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia.
The Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard (8) drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (21) and Jahlil Okafor during the first half of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. The Associated Press

KINGS AT HAWKS

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Philips Arena

When: Monday, 4:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140 AM

THREE KEYS

1. Big man matchup: Dwight Howard is no longer the focus in his first season with the Hawks, but he’ll likely play a big part in how Atlanta defends DeMarcus Cousins, who is averaging 30 points in his first three games.

2. A full 24: The Kings have stayed noticeably engaged on defense, forcing Minnesota into several shot-clock violations in their win Saturday, and must maintain that effort against Atlanta’s quick backcourt.

3. Move the ball: Coach Dave Joerger doesn’t want the Kings’ offense to settle for watching Cousins or Rudy Gay isolate against defenders. The Kings must keep moving on offense.

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

Hawks

No.

Player

Pos.

17

Dennis Schroder

PG

26

Kyle Korver

SG

24

Kent Bazemore

SF

4

Paul Millsap

PF

8

Dwight Howard

C

Jason Jones

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