The Kings can take this spoiler role to new heights in the next few days, adding a California chapter to the movement with a win tonight over the Lakers and Tuesday over Golden State.
If they don't beat the Warriors, it may become the second straight season the Kings had helped their NorCal rival into the playoffs. This version, though, would be even more aggregious with the combination of upsetting Denver on Saturday and losing to the Warriors (although considering the Hornets just went up 59-51 over Golden State in New Orleans at halftime, none of this may matter for Nellie's crew).
As for tonight, there's plenty to pay attention to, so here's a few footnotes before the Arco Arena action - which will be the Kings' third sellout this season - starts at 6 p.m...
* It's 1-1 between Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest, who didn't play because of a sprained thumb on Saturday but would have to be missing the thumb altogether to not face the Lakers.
Relive the collar-popping controversy in this post from the last matchup.
* Sasha Vujacic doesn't have Mike Bibby to pester anymore in these matchups, but the Lakers guard was fuming after the Kings win at Staples on March 9 for a myriad of reasons and was already talking in terms of revenge in the rematch.
* Plane's leaving now, so one more item here just might mean I don't even make it to the game... - Sam Amick