HOUSTON - Kings' leading scorer Marcus Thornton will miss his third consecutive game because of left thigh contusion.
Rookie Jimmer Fredette will start again for Thornton.
Thornton (18.7 points per game) took part in a light workout Thursday and experienced what Smart said was normal soreness.
"You never how that's going to go," said Kings coach Keith Smart after this morning's shootaround. "You deal with the travel, you deal with waking up, the temperature in a different city, you have all those factors that take place."
Filling out the staff
The Kings are expected to announce today Alex English will join Smart's coaching staff. There was a spot open when Smart was promoted to replace Paul Westphal.
English was one of the NBA's best scorers during his prime with the Denver Nuggets and won the league scoring title in 1983. English was an eight-time All Star and his jersey No. 2 was retired by the Nuggets.
He spent 2004-2011 with Toronto as director of player development and an assistant coach.
English's former teammate in Denver, Fat Lever, is the Kings director of player development.