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Pregame notes: Kings look to avoid being demoralized by highlight plays

The Kings are at Staples Center for “Lob City.”

Kings coach Michael Malone said the Kings have to limit their mistakes today to avoid giving up too many of those lobs that the Clippers like to throw for highlight-reel dunks.

Malone was asked in terms of momentum, were those plays worth more than two points.

“I think so because if they get enough of them it can become demoralizing,” Malone said. “The crowd gets into the game and when they’re scoring easy basket after easy basket guys drop their heads. That’s where you have to have mental toughness and a next-play mentality.”

Evans did not start at Portland coming off a sore lower back.

Malone said Rudy Gay (lower back strain) will start barring a last-second problem. Gay practiced Friday.

Clippers 108, Kings 100

My record: 51-27 (minus the pregame session missed due to travel issues).