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February 2, 2012
Tip Sheet: Kings host Trail Blazers for third meeting


PHOTO CREDIT: Forward Donte Greene looks at a screen before the team's game against the Orlando Magic on January 8, 2012 at Power Balance Pavilion. Hector Amezcua. Sacramento Bee.

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Correction: The original post incorrectly described tonight's matchup as a #BlackThursday matchup.

Tonight's game - Portland Trail Blazers (13-9) at the Sacramento Kings (6-15):

  • "If the Kings are to begin playing well and improve, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans have to play well" writes Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) in today's newspaper.
  • Nolan Smith "is averaging six minutes and itching for more, much as his father did during his rookie season with the Warriors," writes Ailene Voisin (@ailene_voisin) in a column in today's newspaper.
  • Jones previews tonight's game in today's newspaper.
  • John Salmons says the team needs to match the "physical presence" of the Trail Blazers, writes Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) in a post-practice blog post.
  • "Guard Marcus Thornton (left thigh hematoma) said he wants to play Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers, but that the decision will be up to team doctors," reports Kawahara in a post-practice blog post.
  • Jonathan Santiago (@itsJONsantiago) preview's tonight's game in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Cowbell Kingdom.
  • Jason Quick (@jwquick) previews tonight's game in today's Oregonian.
  • Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) preview's tonight's game in a story for CSNNW.
  • Mike Acker previews tonight's game in a blog post for FanSided affiliate Rip City Project.

More news and analysis:

  • "Something I've noticed over the past two weeks is that, lo and behold, Tyreke Evans is really racking up assists," writes Tom Ziller (@teamziller) in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
  • "The Kings really need some athleticism on their front line, high character players, and someone who doesn't need 20 shots a night to make an impact on the court," writes Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) in his "Who would lottery teams take No. 1?" piece for ESPN. "(Anthony) Davis fits all three categories brilliantly."
  • "Do I still think (Jimmer) Fredette can grow into a solid player?," asks David Thorpe (@coachthorpe) in a his Rookie Watch column for ESPN. "Yes, but he needs to start that growth process now or he'll lose his rotation spot to fellow rookie Isaiah Thomas, who has played much better in fewer minutes."

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