DALLAS - The Kings will be without guard Marcus Thornton tonight (bruised right hand). X-rays were negative today.
Thornton was holding his hand last night in Memphis after trying to help defend Marc Gasol in the first half. Sitting out tonight will give Thornton six more days to prepare to play San Antonio after the All-Star break.
Here are five ways not having Thornton impacts tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
1. More minutes for Evans: Unless he's in foul trouble, this is the kind of game Tyreke Evans should play in the 40-minute range.
2. Jimmer Time: No Thornton means Jimmer Fredette should get Thornton's minutes as the backup shooting guard. It's his best position because it takes away the ballhandling responsibilities and allows him to focus on scoring.
3. Bench production: Thornton finished with 15 points last night. He's the only reserve averaging 10 or more points for the Kings. Someone will have to pick up the slack.
4. Brooks still plays: There will be decision as to who backs up Isaiah Thomas tonight if Fredette is playing the off guard. Aaron Brooks is coming off his best game for the Kings in a while and figures to play a prominent role tonight.
5. Floor spacing: Even if he's not making shots, Thornton is a player the defense has to respect. If John Salmons continues to struggle shooting as he had lately, Francisco Garcia could be a key player tonight to provide spacing.