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Kings notes: Rajon Rondo goes from being doubtful to starting

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) is defending by three Sacramento Kings: Rajon Rondo (9), Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) is defending by three Sacramento Kings: Rajon Rondo (9), Willie Cauley-Stein and Omri Casspi during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

About 90 minutes before tipoff Monday night, Kings coach George Karl went over his contingency plan at point guard.

Darren Collison would start. Then it would be a guessing game.

“Cuz (DeMarcus Cousins) might be my backup point,” Karl said.

But Karl didn’t have to use Plan B because Rajon Rondo started against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Sleep Train Arena.

Rondo was listed as doubtful because of a sprained right thumb that forced him to miss Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Karl discussed the possibility of playing Collison more than 40 minutes and bringing in Marco Belinelli at the point because the other point guard option, Seth Curry, was sidelined by a sprained right foot.

But Rondo shrugged off his injury. On Monday, he had an MRI that confirmed a sprained right thumb, which had been sore for about two weeks before he sat out Friday’s game.

Rudy Gay missed Monday’s game after an MRI revealed a strained right shoulder.

A game to remember – Oklahoma City’s previous game remained a hot topic on sports-talk radio and TV shows Monday.

On Saturday night, the Thunder lost 121-118 to the Golden State Warriors in overtime when Stephen Curry sank a pull-up 32-footer with 0.6 seconds left. The game, telecast by ABC, was the highest-rated non-Christmas regular-season game since 2013.

“It was a fun game to review and study and prep,” Karl said. “It was definitely a classic. I kind of wish (the Thunder) had won. Then maybe their anger might not show as much.”

The game featured five All-Stars, including the last two MVPs, Curry and Durant.

The loss was Oklahoma City’s fourth in five games.

“They’re snakebit a little bit,” Karl said. “They had that game won in a few different ways.”

Delays, delays – Teams rarely are called for delay-of-game technical fouls, much less back-to-back.

But the Kings picked up two such technicals with 1.2 seconds left in the first half.

The officials said Rondo twice refused to take the ball to inbound, resulting in the violations. Teams receive one delay-of-game warning – the Kings had one in the first quarter – and each subsequent delay results in a technical.

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Cousins kept Rondo away from the officials as he tried to pursue them for an explanation.

Durant made both technical free throws.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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