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Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers at a glance

The Kings must keep guards Damian Lillard, left and C.J. McCollum in check in their game on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. ... Lillard and C.J. McCollum chat before an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Denver.
The Kings must keep guards Damian Lillard, left and C.J. McCollum in check in their game on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. ... Lillard and C.J. McCollum chat before an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Denver. The Associated Press

Kings vs. Trail Blazers

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Moda Center
  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 20-23, Trail Blazers 20-26

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Contain Damian: Damian Lillard is one of the league’s most explosive scorers at point guard. The Kings need a team effort to disrupt him.
  • 2. Find CJ: Guard C.J. McCollum had 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists when the Trail Blazers beat the Kings last month in Sacramento. Lillard did not play in that game because of a foot injury. The Kings should not have to be reminded to check for McCollum.
  • 3. Mental toughness: Winning in the second of back-to-back games sometimes requires more resolve to fight through fatigue, so the Kings must be engaged early and not fall behind big early.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

23

Ben McLemore

SG

18

Omri Casspi

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

00

Willie Cauley-Stein

C

Trail Blazers

No.

Player

Pos.

0

Damian Lillard

PG

3

C.J. McCollum

SG

8

Al-Farouq Aminu

SF

21

Noah Vonleh

PF

24

Mason Plumlee

C

Jason Jones

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