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Kings must deal with Blazers’ Lillard, McCollum

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THE PARTICULARS

Where: Moda Center, Portland

When: 7 p.m. Friday

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Power game: DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Arron Afflalo have advantages if they can post up. It’s a matter of figuring out how to exploit size advantages for the Kings.

2. Downsizing: Portland’s backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum isn’t big, so the Kings could go with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson as a tandem. It’s something the Kings would like to try more of during the season.

3. Stay ready: There’s no telling how deep Dave Joerger will have to go into his rotation in the second of back-to-back games. So everyone must be engaged and ready to play at any moment.

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

Trail Blazers

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Damian Lillard

PG

3

C.J. McCollum

SG

23

Allen Crabbe

SF

4

Maurice Harkless

PF

24

Mason Plumlee

C

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