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  • The Sacramento Kings are in the middle of a four game losing streak that includes Friday night’s 16-point home debacle against the Atlanta Hawks.  The team left the floor to a series of boo’s by the Sacramento faithful and then disappeared into their locker room for a players only meeting.  In an attempt to right the ship, coach Keith Smart promised a change or two to his starting line-up following Friday’s loss.  “We’re not playing terrible, (but) we’re not playing well,” coach Smart said before today’s match-up.  “We’ve just got to look at some things and see how we can get out of this slump.  The focal point right now is just getting the win.”
  • Veteran small forward Gerald Wallace is nursing a sprained left ankle that has kept him out of all but one of the Nets eight games this season.  He is back this afternoon and starting for Brooklyn,  just in time to play against the team that drafted him out of Alabama 11 seasons ago.  “He wasn’t ready to play on Thursday,” coach Avery Johnson said during warm-ups.  “So we gave him a chance to be treated on Friday, he practiced pretty good yesterday and recovered okay and right now, it’s going to be a day-to-day deal with him.”
  • With Wallace returning, Keith Bogans is inactive after starting six games this season for the Nets.  Rookie Mirza Teletovic will join Bogans on the sidelines in street clothes.
  • While the Kings have lost four in a row, the Nets enter today’s contest riding a four game win streak.

–James Ham

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