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January 10, 2012
Kings at 76ers: Five things to watch

PHILADELPHIA - Tonight the Kings begin their longest road trip of the early season. It's a five-game trip that begins with tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers and ends next Monday at Philadelphia.

Here are five things to look for when the Kings take on the 76ers:

1. The Pace
Keith Smart continues to emphasize the need for the Kings to play fast on offense. Are the Kings in shape to play at the fast pace Smart wants?

2. Thornton's shooting
Marcus Thornton is shooting 25-66 (37.9 percent) in his last four games. If he gets off to a good start, the Kings will be in good position to win.

3. Bench play
The 76ers reserves outscored Indiana's reserves 41-19 Monday night. If the Kings are going to get points off the bench, they'll likely come from Jimmer Fredette, who played only 14 minutes in Sunday's loss to Orlando.

4. Center watch
DeMarcus Cousins is shooting like a center should in his last three games. He's 23-of-38 (60.5 percent) to raise his season shooting to 42.7 percent. Cousins said there hasn't been an emphasis to get him the ball more, but the Kings look better on offense when Cousins is playing well.

5. Watch the ball
If the Kings have too many possessions where one player has the ball and then forces a jumper, there's a problem. If the Kings can move the ball, they'll have a better chance of getting easier looks at the basket.

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