Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is averaging a team-high 27.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. ... Durant reacts during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. Jonathan Bachman The Associated Press
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant is averaging a team-high 27.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. ... Durant reacts during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. Jonathan Bachman The Associated Press

Kings Blog

Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Kings Blog

Breaking down the Kings’ coming week

February 27, 2016 03:45 PM

MONDAY VS. THUNDER

Time: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, NBA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will be difficult to contain as the Kings end their three-game homestand.

Thunder players to watch: Durant leads the team with 27.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Westbrook is averaging 24.3 points and team-highs of 10.2 assists and 2.2 steals.

Last meeting: The Kings won 116-104 on Jan. 4 as DeMarcus Cousins (33 points, 19 rebounds) and Rajon Rono (19 assists) lead the way. Marco Belinelli scores a season-high 21 points in the road victory.

Hometown take: From Barry Tramel, The Oklahoman, “Where are we with this Thunder defense, which didn’t collapse Thursday night in a 123-119 loss at New Orleans. To collapse, you have to be upright. The Thunder defense never was.”

WEDNESDAY AT GRIZZLIES

Time: 5 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: With Memphis center Marc Gasol out for the season, the Kings might look to attack in the paint more.

Grizzlies players to watch: Minus Gasol, Mike Conley leads the Grizzlies with 15.2 points per game and 6.1 assists. Zach Randolph is averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds.

Last meeting: The host Grizzlies won 121-117 on Jan. 30. It is the fourth loss in a row for the Kings, who are led by Rudy Gay’s 21 points. Jeff Green has 29 points off the bench to lead Memphis.

Hometown take: From Ronald Tillery, The Commercial Appeal, “Scoring the basketball was supposed to be the Grizzlies’ Achilles’ heel after losing Gasol to a broken right foot. But offense has been the least of the Grizzlies’ issues lately. The Griz have averaged 108.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting in winning four of the last five outings without Gasol.”

THURSDAY AT MAVERICKS

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The last time the Kings were in Dallas, they were stung by a Deron Williams buzzer beater in the second overtime.

Mavericks players to watch: Thirty-seven year old Dirk Nowitzki leads the team with 17.8 points per game. He scored 33 in a loss to Oklahoma City last week. Deron Williams is averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 5.4 assists.

Last meeting: Despite 35 points from DeMarcus Cousins, the visiting Kings lost 117-116 on Jan. 5.

Hometown take: From Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News, “The move to sit (Zaza) Pachulia (in the Mavs’ overtime win over the Nuggets on Friday), who has been a rock for the Mavericks all season, was critical. Denver went small and (David) Lee, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds, was giving the Mavericks active minutes at center.”

SATURDAY AT SPURS

Time: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140

Jason Jones’ take: The inside pair of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge have made it tough on DeMarcus Cousins in two games this season.

Spurs players to watch: Kawhi Leonard is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game. Aldridge is averaging 16.7 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds. Tony Parker is averaging 12.8 points and team-high 5.1 assists.

Last meeting: Tony Parker leads San Antonio with 23 points as the visiting Spurs win 108-92 last Wednesday. Cousins had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Rajon Rondo a game-high 18 assists.

Hometown take: From Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News, “Leonard was in the starting lineup for the second night in a row Thursday in Utah. Leonard returned from a three-game absence a night earlier in Sacramento, and started 0 for 5 in the win over the Kings before finishing with 18 points. Not counting the All-Star game, it was Leonard’s first appearance since Feb. 10 at Orlando. He said his calf felt fine, though nothing else did.”

Jason Jones