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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin brings the ball up court against the Chicago Bulls during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Chicago. ... Lin is part of the Hornets’ rebuilt backcourt.
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin brings the ball up court against the Chicago Bulls during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Chicago. ... Lin is part of the Hornets’ rebuilt backcourt. The Associated Press

MONDAY AT HORNETS

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Hornets’ rebuilt backcourt includes Jeremy Lin, who has made a positive impact to go with Kemba Walker.

Hornets players to watch: Nicolas Batum leads Charlotte with 17.7 points per game. Marvin Williams leads in rebounds (7.8) and blocked shots (1.3). Walker leads in assists (5.3) and steals (1.6).

Last meeting: Kings win 101-91 on March 20 with Rudy Gay scoring a game-high 33 points.

Hometown take: From Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, “(first-round draft pick Frank) Kaminsky didn’t contribute much in the season’s first 10 games, but the progress the past week was apparent.”

WEDNESDAY AT BUCKS

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: DeMarcus Cousins renews his on-court rivalry with Greg Monroe, the second-best big man from their 2010 draft class.

Bucks players to watch: Monroe averages 16.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading scorer (18.4). Michael Carter-Williams leads in assists (5.1) and steals (1.3).

Last meeting: Kings lose 111-103 on Feb. 11 despite a 28-point, 19-rebound effort by DeMarcus Cousins.

Hometown take: From Charles F. Gardner of the (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel, “Charles Barkley said on TNT’s late-night studio show that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be an all-star ‘for years to come.’ 

FRIDAY VS. TIMBERWOLVES

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Minnesota’s collection of young talent will look to play fast, if not faster, than the Kings, led by Ricky Rubio.

Timberwolves players to watch: Andrew Wiggins leads Minnesota with 21.5 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns leads with 10.4 rebounds per game.

Last meeting: Kings win 116-111 on April 7 with a career-high 31 points from Omri Casspi.

Hometown take: From Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune, “Hawks star Al Horford took one look at a 15-year-old named Karl-Anthon Towns on that day they first met and just knew a kid with such big hands and enormous feet was going someplace.”

SATURDAY AT WARRIORS

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, CSNBA, 950, 680, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings cannot expect Golden State to struggle on offense like it did in their first meeting this season.

Warriors players to watch: Stephen Curry leads Golden State with 33.6 points per game. Draymond Green leads with 7.9 rebounds per game.

Last meeting: Kings lose 103-94 on Nov. 7 despite the Warriors’ Stephen Curry scoring “only” 24 points.

Hometown take: From Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group, “The record has stood for 67 years, and it was equalled by the Houston Rockets ... But what of the 1948-49 Washington Capitols who established this venerable record (most consecutive wins to start a season)?”

Bee Sports staff contributed to this report.

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