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Guard Darren Collison discusses the Sacramento Kings' improbable comeback for a 98-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
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Guard Darren Collison discusses the Sacramento Kings' improbable comeback for a 98-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Kings (28-45) vs. Grizzlies (40-32)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Golden 1 Center

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Bruisers: Skal Labissiere could be in for another rough game as he’ll have to try to match strength with the likes of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. The rookie is skilled, but not nearly strong enough to deal with either Memphis big man in the post.

2. Prepare for ball pressure: Memphis guards Mike Conley and Tony Allen can create problems with their defensive intensity. They’ll look to disrupt the Kings with their defense and not allow Sacramento to get comfortable running its offense.

3. Try to run: The Kings need to generate easy points, which could come from forcing turnovers and finding fast break points. It would also mean fewer chances for Conley and Allen to cause problems with their halfcourt offense.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

24

Buddy Hield

SG

40

Arron Afflalo

SF

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Grizzlies

No.

Player

Pos.

11

Mike Conley

PG

9

Tony Allen

SG

15

Vince Carter

SF

0

JaMychal Green

PF

33

Marc Gasol

C

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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