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Breaking down the Kings’ week ahead

The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, drives to the basket while teammate Bismack Biyombo, left, screens Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Indianapolis.
The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, drives to the basket while teammate Bismack Biyombo, left, screens Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, center, during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Indianapolis. The Associated Press

SUNDAY AT RAPTORS

Time: 3 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Stopping Toronto means containing the potent backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Raptors players to watch: DeRozan is averaging a team-high 22.4 points and Lowry (21.4 points per game) leads in assists (6.0) and steals (2.4). Jonas Valanciunas is the leading rebounder (9.3).

Last meeting: Kings win 107-101 on Nov. 15 at home as DeMarcus Cousins has a game-high 36 points and 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo has a game-high 14 assists.

Hometown take: From Doug Smith, Toronto Star: Kyle Lowry doesn’t waste words or mince them, he answers questions quickly and forthrightly and doesn’t ever beat around the bush. So as he sat in the Raptors locker room here Friday, the lower half of his body caked in icepacks after another long night of physical basketball, it took him about a nanosecond to describe the play of teammate DeMar DeRozan in the past 10 days.

“All-star,” Lowry said. “He’s playing like an all-star, which he is; it has been a hell of a run and it’s only going to continue.”

MONDAY AT WIZARDS

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: All-Star point guard John Wall has more responsibility with injured shooting guard Bradley Beal out of action.

Wizards players to watch: Wall averages 19.6 points per game and 8.9 assists. Marcin Gortat averages 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds.

Last meeting: Kings win 109-86 on March 22 with Rudy Gay scoring a game-high 26 points as the Kings avenge a 113-97 road loss to the Wizards just eight days earlier.

Hometown take: From Jorge Castillo, Washington Post: More than a quarter of the way into the regular season, the Wizards aren’t close to resembling (last season’s) squad. Through 24 games, they rank 27th in the NBA in points allowed (106 per game), 25th in defensive efficiency (105.1 points allowed per 100 possessions), and tied for 28th in opponent’s field goal percentage (46.9).

WEDNESDAY AT PACERS

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Paul George is leading Indiana with an MVP-caliber season.

Pacers players to watch: George leads the Pacers with 26.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He’s also playing a team-high 35.6 minutes per game. C.J. Miles averages 15.6 points per game.

Last meeting: Kings win 99-94 on Jan. 31 on the road as Rudy Gay goes for a game-high 31 points and DeMarcus Cousins a game-high 19 rebounds.

Hometown take: From Gregg Doyel, Indianpolis Star: George flapped his arms in disgust throughout the game and went on a tirade on live television after the Pacers beat the Nets 104-97 on Friday night, saying, “the stripes was terrible” and adding, “Hopefully the league does a better job looking at (expletive) like this.”

Jason Jones

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