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January 26, 2013
Kings at Nuggets: Five things to watch

DENVER - The six-game road trip begins tonight and the Kings have a few built-in excuses.

*It's second-game of a back-to-back.

*They're playing in the altitude.

*Denver didn't play last night.

If the Kings head to Pepsi Center with these thoughts heavy on their minds, they might as well stay on the bus because they'll get blown out.

But here are five things the Kings should be thinking about tonight:

1. Defense: The Kings have allowed 108.3 points per game during their three-game losing streak.
2. Ball security: The Kings have more turnovers (43) than assists (40) in their last two games. DeMarcus Cousins has 13 of the turnovers.
3. Passing the ball: The one-pass-and-shoot offense or the no-pass-and-shoot offense didn't work Friday night against Oklahoma City and won't work tonight.
4. Staying focused: The Thunder piled up assists Friday by catching the Kings flat footed and staring at the ball and losing track of their defensive assignments a few times.
5. Ignore the refs: The officiating hasn't been kind to the Kings in their last two games and the frustration is showing. Isaiah Thomas picked up his first tech of the season Friday night from the bench after he picked up his fifth foul.

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