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All-Star Kemba Walker is Kings’ latest challenge

Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, front, is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, front, is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. AP

Kings (18-28) at Hornets (23-24)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Containing Kemba Walker: The Kings cannot allow Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker, a first-time All-Star, to drive for easy baskets.

2. Active hands: Charlotte averages just 12.1 turnovers, so the Kings must be alert and active to create turnovers and more scoring chances in transition.

X-factors: The Kings rely on their bench, and lately there’s been no telling who might step up and contribute. They’ll need someone to step up in the second of back-to-back games.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

17

Garrett Temple

SG

40

Arron Afflalo

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Hornets

No.

Player

Pos.

15

Kemba Walker

PG

5

Nicolas Batum

SG

14

M. Kidd-Gilchrist

SF

2

Marvin Williams

PF

40

Cody Zeller

C

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