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April 9, 2009
Opening tip: Martin remains out

Kings (16-61) vs. Rockets (50-28)
Scoring: Kings 11th (101.10), Rockets 18th (98.35)
Shooting: Kings 23rd (44.9 percent), Rockets 22nd (45.2)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.59), Rockets 6th (94.53)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.3 percent), Rockets 5th (44.5)
Rebound differential: Kings 30th (minus-5.09), Rockets 4th (plus-2.83)
The link: Rockets coverage in The Houston Chronicle; Kings coverage in The Bee.

The almanac: On this date in 1992, Magic Johnson was voted the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America.
Johnson was selected because of contributions and work with charities, including the formation of the Magic Johnson Foundation for HIV/AIDS programs; the United Negro College Fund; the American Heart Association; and the Starlight Foundation, which grants wishes to critically ill children.

This just in: Kevin Martin will not play tonight. Martin informed our own Sam Amick that he will sit out his fourth consecutive game due to his troublesome left ankle.

Meanwhile, former King Ron Artest makes his first regular season visit to Arco Arena. The Kings are 0-2 against the Rockets this season and tonight's contest will serve as the season series closer.
"I don't like to see Ron in a different uniform," said Kings coach Kenny Natt. "At the same time, his presence probably inspires guys as another challenge. That's something we need. We seem to play better when we are challenged."

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