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Kings game plan vs. Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, left, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. AP

KINGS (27-51)

AT THUNDER (42-36)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. All eyes on Russ: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook can hurt an opponent in a variety of ways. Stopping him might not be reasonable, but the Kings must prevent another big night from an opposing guard.

2. Post defense: Enes Kanter is averaging 18.0 points and 11.3 rebounds in 22 games since the Thunder acquired him from Utah. Jason Thompson likely will be the first Kings big man to get the assignment of slowing down Kanter.

3. Hope for health: The Kings’ chances will improve if Rudy Gay (concussion) can play. Without Gay and DeMarcus Cousins (sore right foot), the offense will struggle.

PROJECTED STARTERS

KINGS

No.

Player

Pos.

3

Ray McCallum

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

24

Carl Landry

PF

34

Jason Thompson

C

THUNDER

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Russell Westbrook

PG

23

Dion Waiters

SG

5

Kyle Singler

SF

34

Enes Kanter

PF

12

Steven Adams

C

Jason Jones

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