Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, drives against Phoenix Suns forward Jon Leuer during an NBA basketball game Friday, March 25, 2016, in Sacramento. Gay will start for the Kings in their season opener Wednesday at Phoenix. Rich Pedroncelli The Associated Press
Kings forward Rudy Gay, left, drives against Phoenix Suns forward Jon Leuer during an NBA basketball game Friday, March 25, 2016, in Sacramento. Gay will start for the Kings in their season opener Wednesday at Phoenix. Rich Pedroncelli The Associated Press

Kings Blog

Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Kings Blog

Kings game plan vs. Phoenix Suns

By Jason Jones

jejones@sacbee.com

October 25, 2016 04:29 PM

Today’s game: Kings at Suns

THE PARTICULARS

• Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix

• When: Today, 7 p.m.

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• TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

THREE KEYS

• 1. Defensive activity: The Kings still might be learning coach Dave Joerger’s defense, but they can cover up some mistakes by being aggressive and active. Tentative defense will lead to more mistakes and easier shots for the Suns.

• 2. Lawson’s legs: As the only true point guard available, Ty Lawson will be busy at both ends of the floor. Look for Phoenix to attack him and force the Kings to go deeper into their bench.

• 3. Play big: That doesn’t necessarily mean a big lineup. But Phoenix will have problems matching up with DeMarcus Cousins, so Sacramento must exploit this advantage.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No. Player Pos.

10 Ty Lawson PG

40 Arron Afflalo SG

8 Rudy Gay SF

15 DeMarcus Cousins PF

41 Kosta Koufos C

Suns

No. Player Pos.

2 Eric Bledsoe PG

1 Devin Booker SG

12 T.J. Warren SF

3 Jared Dudley PF

4 Tyson Chandler C

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