Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweeted today that Marcus Thornton will miss his third game in a row with a thigh contusion. This means rookie Jimmer Fredette will get his third consecutive start for the Kings tonight in Houston.
Jimmer Fredette will start tonight again for Thornton
— JasonJones (@mr_jasonjones) January 13, 2012
Fredette has struggled in his first two starts, averaging 8.5 points while shooting just 5-for-17 from the field. Jimmer looks slightly uncomfortable on the court and his teammates seem to sense that as well.
Houston poses match-up troubles in the backcourt for most teams. Kyle Lowry is having a breakout season, posting career highs in points (15), assists (9.4) and rebounds (6.8). Kevin Martin’s numbers are down across the board, but he still leads Houston in scoring and is a threat to score 30 points on any given night. It will be interesting to see which player Coach Smart puts Jimmer on defensively.