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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony leads his team in scoring, rebounds and assists. ... Anthony(7) drives the lane against Los Angeles Clippers forward Jeff Green (8) during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 11, 2016.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony leads his team in scoring, rebounds and assists. ... Anthony(7) drives the lane against Los Angeles Clippers forward Jeff Green (8) during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 11, 2016. The Associated Press

SUNDAY AT KNICKS

Time: 4:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, NBA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Knicks remain a team trying to find its way around Carmelo Anthony.

Knicks players to watch: Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring (21.8 points per game), rebounds (8.0) and assists (4.2). Rookie Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and a team-high 1.9 blocked shots per game.

Last meeting: The Kings won 99-97 on Dec. 10 at home as Rajon Rondo’s baseline dunk (his first of the season) goes viral., Rondo finished with 16 points and 12 assists. DeMarcus Cousins scores a game-high 27 points.

Hometown take: From Scott Cacciola, The New York Times, “The only piece of good news for the Knicks? They will not face the Warriors again this season (after their loss Wednesday in Oakland). On Jan. 31, (Stephen) Curry struggled at Madison Square Garden. He shot 5 of 17 from the field and left with a giant scratch across his forehead, courtesy of some overly aggressive defense by Anthony. The Warriors still won by 21.”

MONDAY AT BULLS

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Chicago has gone from championship contender to just trying to make the playoffs.

Bulls players to watch: Jimmy Butler averages a team-high 22.1 points and 1.7 steals per game. Derrick Rose averages 16.6 points and a team-high 4.9 assists per game.

Pau Gasol is second on the team in scoring (17.0) and the leading rebounder (11.1), but did not play Saturday against Utah.

Last meeting: The Kings lost 107-102 to the visiting Bulls on Feb. 3 despite 30 points from Cousins. Chicago’s E’Twaun Moore, playing in place of the injured Butler, scores a career high 24 points.

Hometown take: From K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune, “(Coach) Fred Hoiberg said Gasol would start stationary shooting Friday, but will his fourth straight game with a swollen knee Saturday night versus the Jazz. Hoiberg called him doubtful for Monday’s home game against the Kings but didn’t rule it out.”

WEDNESDAY AT TIMBERWOLVES

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: A team with a talented, young nucleus that has beaten the Kings twice this season.

Timberwolves players to watch: Andrew Wiggins averages a team-high 20.6 points per game. Karl-Anthony Townes averages 17.9 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game. Ricky Rubio leads the team in assists (8.8) and steals (2.0). He’s averaging 10.2 points per game.

Last meeting: Minnesota won 99-95 at home on Dec. 18 behind Wiggins, who had 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Timberwolves, who had lost eight of their previous nine games.

Hometown take: From Jerry Zgoda, (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, “After getting outrebounded by lopsided margins during the trip’s first three games, the Wolves fought the good fight on the backboards Friday, staying within a 42-35 deficit after the injury-ravaged Grizzlies ripped down 27 offensive boards and outrebounding them 51-33 just two nights earlier. They just never could make a defensive stand when they needed one against a Rockets team … .”

FRIDAY VS. SUNS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The Kings must be wary of guard Brandon Knight, a capable scorer.

Suns players to watch: Brandon Knight averages 19.4 points and 5.1 assists. Tyson Chandler averages a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. Devin Booker averages 12.4 points per game.

Last meeting: The Kings, who scored 44 points in the third quarter, won 142-119 at home on Jan. 2 behind 32 points and nine rebounds from Cousins. The win was the 1,155th for coach George Karl, tying Phil Jackson for fifth-most career victories in NBA history.

Hometown take: From Paul Coro, Arizona Republic, “The Suns have gone 5-6 since a 2-30 stretch. For those worried about the draft-lottery implications, the Lakers had a secure four-game gap entering the game, but the Suns are only a half-game behind Brooklyn for the NBA’s third- and fourth-worst records.”

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