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Kings will be without Omri Casspi, Willie Cauley-Stein against Lakers

The Kings will be short-handed when they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Sleep Train Arena in Kobe Bryant’s last game in Sacramento.

Omri Casspi and Willie Cauley-Stein will both miss the game. Casspi (upper back soreness) also missed Monday’s victory in Oklahoma City and Tuesday’s double-overtime loss in Dallas. Cauley-Stein, who returned last week against Phoenix after missing 12 games, cut his finger on the backboard against the Thunder and missed Tuesday’s game against Dallas.

Point guard Rajon Rondo (lower back spasm) and Ben McLemore (middle back spasm) are listed as “probable,” which means there’s a 75 percent chance they will play.

Bryant, who is retiring after 20 seasons – all with the Lakers – is expected to play after missing the past three games because of a shoulder injury. Rookie guard D’Angelo Russell also is expected back after sitting out for the first time in his career Tuesday because of a sore throat.

The game will be broadcast nationally by TNT. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. instead of the Kings’ customary 7 p.m. start.