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March 24, 2012
Kings at Warriors: Five things to watch

OAKLAND -- The Kings look to even their season series with the Golden State Warriors tonight.

A win would give the Kings for victories in their last five in what might be their best stretch of basketball this season.

Here are five things to watch for as the Kings look for a rare road win (4-20 on the road this season).

1. Easy shots for Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins attempted a career-high 28 shots Thursday. The problem is he only made nine shots. Many of his attempts came under duress under the basket with no foul calls. Playing against rookie Jeremy Tyler, Cousins should be able to find easier scoring opportunities.

2. Thornton's defensive assignment

Thornton will start the game defending Klay Thompson or Dorell Wright, giving up at least four inches in height. He'll need to be aggressive and not concede easy looks at the basket.

3. Washington battle
Golden State's Nate Robinson has been a problem for the Kings all season. The Kings need Isaiah Thomas to make it tough on him tonight. The two know each other as both played at the University of Washington. Robinson played for the Huskies before Thomas.

4. The bench
Warriors reserves have outplayed the Kings' bench all season. That dynamic might be different tonight with injuries that have hurt the Warriors. So the Kings need a solid showing from their reserves.

5. Double doubles
Jason Thompson has a double double in five consecutive games. Another tonight would give him the longest streak in his career.



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