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Game plan: Kings vs. Rockets

Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, and Houston Rockets guard James Harden chase the ball during the first quarter of the teams’ meeting in Sacramento on Nov. 25.
Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, and Houston Rockets guard James Harden chase the ball during the first quarter of the teams’ meeting in Sacramento on Nov. 25. The Associated Press

Kings (9-15) at Rockets (18-7)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Toyota Center, Houston

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

TV: CSNCA

Radio: 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

1. Find the shooters: That means not losing track of anyone on the court for the Rockets, with the exception of centers Clint Capela and Nene. The Rockets attempted an NBA-record 50 3-pointers in beating the Kings on Nov. 25 in Sacramento.

2. Transition defense: Houston will look to push the ball quickly at every opportunity, so the Kings need to be aware and get back to cut down on fast-break layups and 3-pointers in transition.

3. Bench production: Rudy Gay (strained right hip flexor) and Ben McLemore (left quad contusion) are day to day. If either or both are out, reserves Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple will play bigger roles.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Rockets

No.

Player

Pos.

13

James Harden

PG

2

Patrick Beverley

SG

1

Trevor Ariza

SF

3

Ryan Anderson

PF

15

Clint Capela

C

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