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Grizzlies’ defense and bench concern Karl

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks with Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) talks with Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings coach George Karl is ready for a tough game from Memphis, especially with the Grizzlies coming off a 50-point loss last night at Golden State.

“When I play Memphis the first thing that comes to mind is they score off their defense,” Karl said.

Karl said Mike Conley and Tony Allen’s perimeter defense is good. He also said big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have active hands, which can force turnovers.

Karl likes his second unit, but is also impressed with who Memphis brings off the bench.

“This team has a very good second unit,” Karl said. “I think (Beno) Udrih does a real good job with them. Jeff Green is probably the one who scares me the most of anybody. He’s the one who’s got me worried about having a big night. There’s offensive nights where you can defend him well and he’ll still put a big number up.”

The Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins tonight (strained right Achilles) against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kosta Koufos replaces Cousins in the starting lineup.

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

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