Marcus Thornton remains out with a left thigh contusion, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports. Thornton will sit for the Kings' Friday night game against the Houston Rockets. Jones also reports that Jimmer Fredette will continue to start in Thornton's place.
The two-guard missed games Tuesday and Wednesday on the road; Fredette started each, and Sacramento split them. Fredette in the starting five has shifted Tyreke Evans to shooting guard. Evans scored big on Wednesday against the Raptors, but the team has struggled to pick up many assists, even more than usual.
On Wednesday, the Kings had 13 assists on 30 made field goals. (Jimmer had zero, and Isaiah Thomas had six off of the bench.) On Tuesday in a blowout loss to the Sixers, the Kings had 16 assists on 34 makes, with Jimmer picking up three.
The Rockets are just 3-7 this season, with the league's No. 15 offense and No. 26 defense. Houston is 2-1 at home. Jimmer and Tyreke will have their hands full on defense against Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin.