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Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, drives past Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, March 23, 2016. The Associated Press

TUESDAY VS. TRAIL BLAZERS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Portland’s guard play is why the Kings are 0-3 against the Blazers this season.

Trail Blazers players to watch: Damian Lillard is averaging 25.2 points and 6.9 assists per game. Mason Plumlee averages 7.6 rebounds a game.

Last meeting: Former Cal star Allen Crabbe led six Blazers in double figures with 21 points as Portland beat the visiting Kings 105-93 on March 28. Starters DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo did not play for the Kings, as coach George Karl chose to rest them.

Hometown take: From Sean Meagher, The Oregonian, “Cover your eyes Vegas, the Portland Trail Blazers have reached the 40-win mark. A young, rebuilt roster that was projected by the oddsmakers in Las Vegas to win no more than 27 games this season has not only blown past that paltry preseason prediction, but these upstart Trail Blazers are threatening to finish as a top-five team in the West.”

THURSDAY VS. TIMBERWOLVES

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Sacramento is 0-3 against Minnesota, and not slowing Andrew Wiggins is a big reason why.

Timberwolves players to watch: Wiggins averages 20.6 points, Karl-Anthony Towns averages 10.3 rebounds and Ricky Rubio is averaging 8.7 assists.

Last meeting: Towns had 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Timberwolves to a 113-104 win over the Kings on March 23.

Hometown take: From Jerry Agoda, (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, “Now six games from season’s finish, Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell is handing out some summer homework once his team plays its last game April 13 against New Orleans at Target Center: Go watch some playoff games. ‘I’m encouraging guys to get on a plane and go watch some of these teams in the playoffs,’ Mitchell said.”

SATURDAY VS. THUNDER

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Will Russell Westbrook collect another triple double in the final game at Sleep Train Arena?

Thunder players to watch: Kevin Durant is averaging 28 points and 8.3 rebounds. Westbrook is averaging 10.4 assists.

Last meeting: Westbrook posted a triple double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a 131-116 Thunder victory in Sacramento on Feb. 29.

Hometown take: From Erik Horne of The Oklahoman, “After a solid month of defense and focus, the Thunder took a step back on Thursday. Is OKC concerned after scraping out a win against the shorthanded Clippers? ‘Last night they made shots over us, but we got stops when we needed to,’ said Durant.”

Jason Jones

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