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Kings’ Caron Butler to start for ill Rudy Gay

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Kings' coach George Karl before game against Raptors.
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The Kings will start Caron Butler against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night in place of Rudy Gay, who is out with a stomach illness.

Gay is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting in Wednesday’s 101-92 win over Detroit.

“It was fun to see him break out and have a great game, efficient game, effective game,” said Kings coach George Karl. “We’ve got to figure out how to win the game without him.”

The Kings will turn to Butler, who hasn’t played in three of the last five games by coach’s decision.

“Get a little veteran mentality into the lineup,” Karl said.

The Kings will also be helped by the return of Seth Curry to add backcourt depth. Rajon Rondo has played all 48 minutes the last two games with Curry (ankle) and Darren Collison (hamstring) missing the last three games.

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