BLOG UPDATE (9:50 a.m., Tuesday): I've been told that the non-Mikki Moore lineup will be Beno Udrih, Bobby Jackson, John Salmons, Jason Thompson and Brad Miller.
Also, there is a discussion going on in the Forums section about whether coach Reggie Theus should be on the hot seat. To weigh in, click here.
It's never a good thing for a team when a reporter starts a media session with "Another one bites the dust, huh?" and the coach isn't quite sure which exact situation is being referenced.
Such was the case today at Kings practice, where I got a puzzled look from Kings coach Reggie Theus before explaining that I was referring to the absence of Mikki Moore (as opposed to discussing the absences of Kevin Martin or Francisco Garcia or maybe the latest of two straight two-point losses). The Kings starting forward apparently turned his right ankle in the Sunday loss to San Antonio and he will not make the trip for back-to-back road games at Memphis and New Orleans that starts tomorrow night.
Theus said he is undecided on his new starting lineup, and he didn't seem too keen on my idea of what Spencer Hawes called the "Ivory Towers" lineup: equally tall white boys with Hawes at the four and Brad Miller at the five (and Jason Thompson continuing at the three). The concern, Theus said, was the question of who guards Memphis' O.J. Mayo, and he mentioned Quincy Douby in that context. Although rebounding, quite clearly, wouldn't be a problem when you go 6-11 and up in three of your five spots if he opts for Hawes.
But I wouldn't be surprised to see Douby in there at the two (which would make it even more clear that Bobby Jackson's role is fading fast and keep the recent string of Douby votes of confidence alive), with John Salmons at the three, Thompson at the four and Miller at the five. Salmons - as was the case last game - would be assigned to stick Rudy Gay and Douby would do his best to slow down the league's highest-scoring rookie in Mayo (21 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting, 39.6 from three-point range and averaging 2.1 makes from beyond the arc per game).
Also on the injury front, Martin and Garcia are also staying behind on the trip. They will get full days of treatment in Sacramento and are gearing up for a return. I wouldn't be surprised to see Martin (left ankle) play Friday at home against Portland. Garcia, meanwhile, told me after practice (while I saw him at a nearby eatery) that he would be ready to practice when they return. Conditioning will be a major factor for him, as he has been out of action since Oct. 18 and unable to do much cardio because of the nature of his injury (right calf strain).
* I made a few tweaks to a second-edition game story that didn't make it in the paper today. Mainly, there's a Theus quote of interest and a few small changes from the online version. To read that story, click here.
* The Bee's Melody Gutierrez will take over from here, as she is on the road for this trip and I will be taking a breather and putting together a John Salmons piece for Sunday's paper. - Sam Amick