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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

James Anderson, left, Darren Collison, right, and the Kings haven’t had much success trying to contain Houston guard James Harden. The Rockets star scored 43 points in a 116-110 victory at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.
James Anderson, left, Darren Collison, right, and the Kings haven’t had much success trying to contain Houston guard James Harden. The Rockets star scored 43 points in a 116-110 victory at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The Associated Press

TUESDAY VS. ROCKETS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Containing James Harden is the top priority, but that has been tough for the Kings.

Rockets players to watch: Harden, who was the runner-up to Golden State’s Stephen Curry in last season’s MVP voting, is second in the NBA in scoring at 29.0 points entering Saturday. Who does Harden trail? Take a guess. Houston also has Dwight Howard, who may not be considered Superman anymore but still averages nearly 13 points and more than 12 rebounds.

Last meeting: The Kings fell 120-113 at Houston’s Toyota Center on Dec. 5, wasting a 19-assist effort from Rajon Rondo. Ben McLemore led the Kings with 19 points. Harden led the Rockets with 31 and nine assists, and Howard had 22 points and 18 rebounds.

Hometown take: From Jonathan Feigen, the Houston Chronicle: After losing seven of eight games, the Rockets have won six of their past eight (entering Saturday). But they said they have made their improvements in spurts, rather than as consistently as they will need to put together an extended winning streak.

FRIDAY AT TIMBERWOLVES

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Andrew Wiggins is just in his second season, but he always seems to give the Kings problems.

Timberwolves players to watch: Wiggins, last season’s No. 1 overall pick, is teamed with the most recent top selection: center Karl-Anthony Towns, who played last season at Kentucky with Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein. Wiggins leads Minnesota with 21 points per game entering Saturday, and Towns is the Timberwolves’ leader in rebounds (9.3) and blocks (2.2). Ricky Rubio is third in the NBA in assists at 8.6 a contest.

Last meeting: Wiggins scored a game-high 22 in the Timberwolves’ 101-91 victory on Nov. 27 at Sleep Train Arena. Marco Belinelli led the Kings off the bench with 17 points. Rajon Rondo finished with 16 points and 16 assists.

Hometown take: From Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune: Timberwolves veteran Kevin Martin’s right wrist continued to throb Friday, which might be a good sign. The former Kings guard has broken that wrist twice before in his career and each time scored 30-plus points. In Wednesday’s overtime victory over the Lakers, he scored 37 and sprained that wrist pretty good. “Hopefully it’s still a little sore,” Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell deadpanned.

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