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With another protest keeping fans out, how will the rest of the week go for the Kings?

Dennis Smith Jr., center, and the Dallas Mavericks got the jump on JaKarr Sampson, left, Kosta Koufos and the Kings on Tuesday at Golden 1 Center.
Dennis Smith Jr., center, and the Dallas Mavericks got the jump on JaKarr Sampson, left, Kosta Koufos and the Kings on Tuesday at Golden 1 Center. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. led the Dallas Mavericks to a 103-97 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center.

Skal Labissiere led the Kings (24-51) with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Barnes had 20 points and six assists, and Smith 19 points and six assists for the Mavericks (23-51).

The game was played in front of another small crowd because, for the second time in three games, the entrances were locked down by hundreds protesting the death of Stephon Clark, 22, an African American who was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Sacramento police in his grandparents' backyard while holding a cellphone.

Officers, responding to reports of a man breaking car windows, fired at Clark 20 times.

Protesters blocked the entrances to last Thursday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, leading to a delay of approximately 20 minutes. There was not an extended delay to Tuesday's game.

Here are three questions from the game:

What will be the scene the rest of the week?

The Kings host the Indiana Pacers on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday before beginning a four-game trip. Saturday's game could be especially difficult to manage.

The Warriors already bring a large following and lots of media attention. They are also a team with plenty of players and a coach, Steve Kerr, who aren't shy about expressing their concerns with social issues.

There figures to be even more attention on Kings games the rest of the season, and it has nothing to do with what's happening on the court.

How will the Kings respond?

There was support for the protesters after last Thursday's game. Will anyone be swayed to back down after a second protest kept fans out of a game?

There has been support for the stance that players and the organization took last week, which included wearing warmup shirts that read "ACCOUNTABILITY. WE ARE ONE." on the front and "#StephonClark" on the back for Sunday's game against Boston. The Celtics also wore the shirts.

The Kings did not wear them Tuesday, when there were approximately 4,000 fans in attendance – more than the estimated 2,400 on hand for the Atlanta game.

Is there any impact on the court?

While there was no delay to tip-off Tuesday, it's not the norm for there to be such a small crowd at Golden 1 Center, and any delay can throw off players who are often committed to how they prepare for games.

Tuesday's game had no playoff implications. As for Thursday, Indiana has clinched a playoff spot, but still has a chance to finish as high as third in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers will have to come prepared for anything that could alter their routines.

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