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April 7, 2009
Opening tip: Martin out, Hawes in

Kings (16-60) vs. Lakers (61-16)
Scoring: Kings 11th (100.06), Lakers 3rd (106.68)
Shooting: Kings 23rd (44.9 percent), Lakers 4th (47.3)
Scoring defense: Kings 29th (109.43), Lakers 13th (99.23)
Shooting defense: Kings 29th (48.3 percent), Lakers 6th (44.8)
Rebound differential: Kings 30th (minus-5.09), Lakers 5th (plus-2.55)
The link: The links: Lakers coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and Riverside Press-Enterprise. Kings coverage in The Bee.

The almanac: On this date in 1984, more than 1,000 spectators from Sacramento loaded 21 buses and headed West to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Kansas City Kings.
Gregg Lukenbill, one of the Kings' new owners at that time, was among the contingent of fans. Lukenbill assured Kansas City that he was not interested in moving the franchise.
However, Sacramento's interest in acquiring the Kings was obvious.
The Warriors went on to win that game 98-89.

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Kevin Martin will miss his third consecutive game with a sore left ankle, which makes you wonder whether his 50-point performance on April 1 against the Golden State Warriors was the last hurrah of the season.
With five games remaining following tonight's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, maybe it's time to shut the shooting guard down and focus on his full recovery.
However, this is certainly not what Kings coach Kenny Natt wants to hear.
Natt became frustrated when I posed that question after Martin missed Friday's game against the Phoenix Suns.
Both Natt and Kings basketball president said over the weekend that there have been no conversations about sitting Martin out for the remainder of the season.
While Martin will be out for at least tonight, Spencer Hawes will play. Hawes was poked in the eye during the Kings' 105-100 loss to the Warriors on Sunday. Hawes saw an eye specialist Monday after experiencing double vision and was cleared for tonight.



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