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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) could make things difficult for the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins when the teams meet on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. ... Adams defends as Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) shoots during an NBA basketball game on Nov. 8, 2015 in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) could make things difficult for the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins when the teams meet on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. ... Adams defends as Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris (11) shoots during an NBA basketball game on Nov. 8, 2015 in Oklahoma City. The Associated Press

MONDAY AT THUNDER

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Oklahoma City will count on center Steven Adams to make it tough on DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings must figure out how to contain Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Thunder players to watch: Kevin Durant (26.5 points per game) and Russell Westbrook (25.9) are a formidable one-two punch. Westbrook also leads the teams in assists (9.4) and steals (2.6).

Last meeting: The Thunder won 98-95 on Dec. 6 behind a triple double by Westbrook (19 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). The Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins scored 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting.

Hometown take: From Erik Horne, The Oklahoman, “After a half-decade stretch as the best free throw shooting team in the NBA, the Thunder's dominance at the line has finally fallen back, but not at the expense of the offense.”

TUESDAY AT MAVERICKS

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings own a home win over Dallas, but they have struggled on the road.

Mavericks players to watch: Ageless Dirk Nowitzki leads the team with 16.9 points per game. He scored 18 points and had eight rebounds in the Mavs’ win over the Warriors last week. Deron Williams averages 14.6 points, 5.7 assists and 1.1 steals.

Last meeting: The Kings won 112-98 on Nov. 30 as Cousins leads all scorers with 31 points (16 in the fourth quarter) in his first return after missing three games with a lower back strain. Rajon Rondo and Rudy Gay combine for 41 points.

Hometown take: From Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News: “(Stephen Curry) looked spiffy in a sports jacket and jeans on the Golden State bench. And fans, even if they were disappointed not to see the Warriors at their high-octane best, got treated to a terrific show, courtesy of the Mavericks, who won their fourth consecutive game.”

THURSDAY VS. LAKERS

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: TNT, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: It will be Kobe Bryant’s final game in Sacramento. Will Kings fans give him the same warm sendoff every other city has after an 18-year career?

Lakers players to watch: All eyes will be on Kobe Bryant, who is making his final visit to Sacramento. He announced this season, his 18th, will be his last. Bryant leads with Lakers with 17.2 points per game, but he’s shooting just 34.1 percent from the field.

Last meeting: The Kings won 132-114 on Oct. 30 behind as Cousins (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo 21 points, eight assists) help Sacramento to its first win of the season. Willie Cauly-Stein impresses with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Hometown take: From Eric Pincus, Los Angeles Times, “(Kobe) Bryant has missed five games this season. The win over the Sixers was the Lakers’ first victory without their long-time All-Star. Friday night was also the first time this season the Lakers won on back-to-back nights.”

SATURDAY VS. WARRIORS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings have dropped their last 11 games against Golden State.

Warriors players to watch: Never mind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green is third on the team in scoring (14.6), first in rebounds (9.1), first in assists (7.2) first in minutes played (34.9). He’s basketball’s version of the utility player.

Last meeting: The Warriors win 122-103 when they survive Omri Casspi’s career-high 36-point effort. Cousins’ ejection in the third quarter sparks a 15-0 run by the Warriors.

Hometown take: From Diamond Leung, San Jose Mercury News, “Interim head coach Luke Walton laughed as he said he hadn't thought about how the Rockets game could be his last sitting in the lead chair for the Warriors. ‘If it is, it was a lot of fun,’ Walton said. ‘I'll be thrilled to have Stevie (Kerr) back coaching us again.’ 

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