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Westbrook-led OKC visits Sunday to start Kings’ rugged week

Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder is a physical player who will welcome the challenge of defending against the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins. ... Adams walks upcourt during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Minneapolis.
Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder is a physical player who will welcome the challenge of defending against the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins. ... Adams walks upcourt during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press

Sunday vs. Thunder

Time: 6 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: The Kings’ guards will be challenged by Russell Westbrook, who is a relentless attacker and racking up triple-doubles.

Thunder to watch: Steven Adams will be asked to do the bulk of the work to slow DeMarcus Cousins. Adams is a physical player who welcomes the challenge.

Hometown take: Brett Dawson, The Oklahoman, “The Thunder struggled to make shots and stops Friday at the Target Center, and Westbrook’s (triple-double) milestone came on a mostly forgettable night, in a 96-86 loss to the Timberwolves. Oklahoma City shot 38.8 percent from the floor and made 3 of 20 3-pointers. … The Thunder’s 19 turnovers – 10 of them by Westbrook – turned into 33 Timberwolves points.”

Last meeting: Led by Cousins’ 36 points and 13 rebounds, the Kings defeated the Thunder 116-101 Nov. 23 at Golden 1 Center.

Wednesday vs. Pacers

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Indiana has played better lately, but has spent most of coach Nate McMillan’s first season under .500.

Pacer to watch: Paul George remains one of the NBA’s better wing players, averaging 22.1 points.

Hometown take: Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, “Maybe it was all just a bad dream. London, the 28-point humiliation, the half-day trek home – maybe none it of it actually happened. … After a long silence to begin his news conference Saturday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, McMillan chuckled before saying, “I know it was bad. It was a shocker to me, too.”

Last meeting: Cousins scored a then career-high 48 points in a 108-97 Kings win Jan. 23 at Sleep Train Arena.

Friday at Grizzlies

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: Memphis excels at winning close games by relying on a group of veterans that have been together for several seasons. Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen comprise the core.

Grizzly to watch: Conley is the leader, averaging 18.7 points and a team-high 6.1 assists. He’s also one of the league’s best defenders at his point guard position.

Hometown take: Ronald Tillery, Memphis Commercial Appeal, “On a Friday night when Tony Allen played backup point guard and made his first eight shots, the Grizzlies’ offense outshined one the more prolific scoring teams in the NBA (in a 110-105 win over the Houston Rockets).”

Last meeting: Memphis made a franchise-record 17 3-pointers as the Grizzlies won 112-98 on Dec. 31 at Golden 1 Center.

Saturday at Bulls

Time: 6 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Skinny: The Bulls broke a three-game losing streak Saturday with a win over the Pelicans. It was their fifth three-game skid of the season.

Bull to watch: After missing two games, Jimmy Butler returned and scored 28 points against the Pelicans.

Hometown take: K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls merely were scheduled to gather Friday for a walk-through but ended up scrimmaging to help with Butler's conditioning. Butler lost 10 pounds during his illness.”

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