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Defense early is important to Kings’ chances against the Clippers

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) scores two of his 21 points in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) scores two of his 21 points in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The key to beating the Los Angeles Clippers is simple.

“Make them miss shots,” said Kings coach George Karl. “I thought the key to last night (against the Los Angeles Lakers) was we had a very good defensive first quarter which got us into pushing a little bit and (Rajon) Rondo was pretty good.”

The Kings had an awful defensive showing Wednesday in their loss to the Clippers. The Kings trailed 25-17 after the first quarter and the Clippers connected on 52.5 percent of their shots for the game.

But it won’t be as easy to jump on the Clippers as it was Friday night against the outclassed Lakers.

Karl also indicated he’d change up his rotation pattern slightly since the Kings are in the second of back-to-back games.

“I think you’re going to be a little bit shorter rotations and a little bit more depth in your rotations off the bench,” Karl said.

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

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