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  • Marcus Thornton strained his right quad during Monday’s practice, but according to coach Keith Smart, the Sacramento Kings second leading scorer on the season is a go for tonight.  “He’s fine,” Smart said of Thornton during his pre-game interview.  “He’s going to play.  He bounced right back, shot this morning and didn’t have any effects of yesterday.  He’ll be ready to go.”
  • After missing the Timberwolves first nine games with a broken right hand, All-Star forward Kevin Love is making just his fourth start of the young season.  Love played his first three games with a protective pad on his hand and his shooting numbers suffered.  Tonight in Sacramento, he will try to play without the pad and see if he can regain his shooting touch, especially from long range where he is hitting just 19-percent (3-for-16) of his shots so far this season.
  • The NBA fined Kings guard Aaron Brooks $25,000 Monday for throwing his mouth guard into the stands following Friday’s loss to the Jazz in Utah.  The Kings have had their fair share of fines, technical fouls and suspensions in the first month of the season, a trend coach Smart hopes will quiet down sooner rather than later.  “Hopefully the pains of this month will benefit us as we put this thing in the ground and move forward,” Smart said.  “It hasn’t been a pleasant one, but overall things happen and sometimes you can’t control it.  We can’t have flying mouth pieces going and hitting some little kid in the stands.  You can’t have that in our league.”  For clarification sake, Smart has no idea where Brook’s mouth guard landed when it went into the stands.

–James Ham

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