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January 11, 2012
Kings at Toronto: Five things to watch

TORONTO - The Washington Wizards are no longer winless after playing the Kings' opponent tonight, the Toronto Raptors.

Will the Raptors cure what ails the Kings? Here are five things to look for tonight at Air Canada Centre:

1. Thornton's availability
Guard Marcus Thornton (left thigh contusion) didn't look close to being available last night as he moved gingerly in the locker room and still had trouble extending his leg. If Thornton can't play, the Kings will need Jimmer Fredette to pick up the scoring slack.

2. Shooting straight
The Kings are 29th in the NBA in shooting (40.5 percent). It's hard for their league-low assists average (14.4 per game) to go up as long they continue to shoot so poorly.

3. Where Evans attacks from
Kings coach Keith Smart said an emphasis will continue to be getting the ball to Evans in different spots on the floor by moving without the ball. If there's a lot of Evans going one-on-one and taking up most of the shot clock, something isn't working correctly.

4. Stop someone
The Kings are allowing a league-worst 103.3 points per game. The Kings and Charlotte are the only teams allowing more than 100 points per game.

5. Conditioning concerns
If Thornton does not play, the Kings will be down to 10 players. Smart said the Kings aren't in "great shape" yet so it makes sense that Smart uses all players available. Only two players played more than 30 minutes in Tuesday night's loss at Philadelphia.

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