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  • The Sacramento Kings (10-22) hope to snap a two-game losing streak on their home floor against the Portland Trail Blazers (26-8).  On Sunday, the Kings held a players only meeting to hash out some of their difference and attempt to get on the same page both offensive and defensive end.  “If they’re not open and honest and direct with each, then really nothing is ever going to change,” said coach Michael Malone.  “Sooner or later, we have to start answering to the man in the mirror and stop laying blame at everyone else.”
  • Rookie C.J. McCollum will be active for the Blazers, but coach Terry Stotts was non-committal on whether the 10th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft will make his debut against the Kings.   McCollum has missed the team’s first 34 games with an injured right foot.
  • With the Kings’ struggles, coach Malone has left a door open for at least one change to the starting lineup.  “We’re always looking to try and figure out what’s best for our team moving forward,” said Malone.  “Right now, we plan on using the same lineup, but my biggest concern with Ben [McLemore], is that I want to put him in a position to have success.  And right now, maybe him starting, he’s been struggling and with three volume shooters in that starting lineup, he’s not getting very many touches.”
  • Nicolas Batum has an avulsion fracture to his left middle finger, but according to coach Stotts, he will pay Tuesday against Sacramento.

–James Ham

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