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February 9, 2013
Kings vs. Jazz: Five things to watch

After an extended break, the Kings play the Utah Jazz tonight. The Kings have been off since their overtime loss at Utah on Monday.

The Kings are 4-13 over the last 17 games after playing some of their best basketball before that stretch.

If the Kings are to rebound and not match their longest losing streak of the season (five games) the Kings need some strong efforts, particularly from the bench which has been inconsistent of late.

Here are five areas to watch when it comes to the reserves.

1. Jimmer's shooting: Besides scoring 14 points in a game that was way out of hand, Jimmer Fredette had a disappointing road trip. Overall he shot 36.9 percent over the last six games.
2. Chuck on the block: If Chuck Hayes can have a solid showing defending Al Jefferson that could mean less time for Jason Thompson. Thompson is coming off a season-high 23 points at Utah.
3. A big 3: With Marvin Williams starting at small forward for Utah, James Johnson might be called upon earlier than normal if Williams is able to exploit his size advantage.
4. Thornton's scoring: The leading scorer last season, Marcus Thornton's playing time and production have tailed off significantly this season as a reserve. He has to start the game off shooting well to have a better chance to stay on the floor, especially with Tyreke Evans playing better lately.
5. Robinson's activity: Keith Smart has trusted rookie Thomas Robinson's defense more late in games and tonight could be a night he's needed if the Kings have problems with Paul Millsap. Millsap's perimeter game could be an issue defensively for the Kings.

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