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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) brings the ball up court Feb. 3, 2016.
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) brings the ball up court Feb. 3, 2016. The Associated Press

SUNDAY AT CELTICS

Time: 10 a.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Boston’s high-powered offense is led by All-Star point guard and former King Isaiah Thomas, who figures to exploit Sacramento’s defensive weaknesses.

Celtics players to watch: Thomas leads the team with 21.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.

Last meeting: Thomas led Boston with 21 points, nine assists and four steals to a 114-97 victory over the Kings in Mexico City on Dec. 3, 2015, as Boston’s backcourt was energized from the start. Rajon Rondo was ejected after two technical fouls from referee Bill Kennedy, for which Rondo later was suspended one game for using anti-gay slurs.

Hometown take: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe: “The Celtics’ practice on Saturday was changed to a film session and individual meetings after their dramatic, buzzer-beating 104-103 win Friday night over the Cavaliers – the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference. Canceling practice was hardly a surprise. The Celtics exerted so much effort during their win they needed a break to reflect.”

MONDAY AT CAVALIERS

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: New coach Tyronn Lue is increasing Cleveland’s tempo. That means more scoring chances for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Cavaliers players to watch: Irving is heating up. He has led the team in scoring three of the four games in February, averaging 24.8 points per game.

Last meeting: With a sore wrist, James scored 19 points to lead the Cavaliers to their ninth consecutive win over the spiraling Kings, who lost their eighth in a row, 101-90 in Cleveland on Jan. 31, 2015.

Hometown take: Joe Vardon, Cleveland Plain Dealer: “For as badly as the organization and its fans wanted the Cavs to immediately look like a legitimate challenger to the Warriors after the dismissal of David Blatt, they're just not there yet under new coach Tyronn Lue.”

WEDNESDAY AT 76ERS

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Having lost to visiting Philadelphia this season, the Kings should not expect an easy game against the team with NBA’s worst record.

76ers players to watch: Rookie center Jahlil Okafor is averaging 16.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Last meeting: Boos rained down on the Sleep Train Arena floor as the Kings lost 110-105, while the 76ers improved to 3-31 on the season on Dec. 30, 2015.

Hometown take: Rob Tornoe, Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Jeopardy!’ is the latest to get in on the 76ers-bashing trend. On Friday night, the show used a quote from the team’s website to offer a not-so-subtle dig at the struggling squad: ‘The website of this NBA East team said they showed ‘fight and resolve’ in the loss that took them to 1-22.’ 

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