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Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at a glance

Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton, left, defends as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton, left, defends as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. AP

Kings at Thunder

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • When: Monday, 5 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 13-20, Thunder 24-10

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Transition defense: Russell Westbrook can be a one-man fast break, so the Kings must be aware of that threat and be prepared to get back defensively.
  • 2. Don’t feed the break: The Kings average 16.8 turnovers, tied for second most in the league, and the Thunder feasts on giveaways with their fast break.
  • 3. Don’t fall in love with offense: The Kings shot a season-high 60.9 percent in Saturday’s win over Phoenix, but they must focus on defense to win on the road.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

8

Rudy Gay

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Thunder

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Russell Westbrook

PG

21

Andre Roberson

SG

35

Kevin Durant

SF

9

Serge Ibaka

PF

12

Steven Adams

C

Jason Jones

Kings at Thunder

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
  • When: Monday, 5 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 13-20, Thunder 24-10

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Transition defense: Russell Westbrook can be a one-man fast break, so the Kings must be aware of that threat and be prepared to get back defensively.
  • 2. Don’t feed the break: The Kings average 16.8 turnovers, tied for second most in the league, and the Thunder feasts on giveaways with their fast break.
  • 3. Don’t fall in love with offense: The Kings shot a season-high 60.9 percent in Saturday’s win over Phoenix, but they must focus on defense to win on the road.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

8

Rudy Gay

PF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

C

Thunder

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Russell Westbrook

PG

21

Andre Roberson

SG

35

Kevin Durant

SF

9

Serge Ibaka

PF

12

Steven Adams

C

Jason Jones

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