Thornton out, Jimmer gets third start in a row

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.

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.

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also provides game day coverage for NBA.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary "Small Market, Big Heart".