Kings Face Thunder, Stop Me If You've Heard This One

April 13, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
Déjà vu runs rampant as the Kings play the Thunder for the third time in eleven days. There is a possibility that the landscape will be dramatically different for both teams. We know the Thunder will be without presumed Sixth Man of the Year James Harden, who will sit out after suffering a concussion against the Lakers. I'm not sure if you guys heard, but Metta World Peace threw an elbow that might or might not have been intentional. I wouldn't blame you if you missed it, I don't think anyone has discussed it much.

Per Jason Jones' Twitter feed, Marcus Thornton could miss the game for Sacramento. He has re-aggravated his thigh contusion and is considered a game time decision. Thornton is a tough player who hates to sit, so I imagine he would play if it was up to him. However, the coaching staff and team management might decide it better to not risk further damage to an injury that has nagged Thornton throughout much of the season, particularly when the front office might be doing something that rhymes with planking.

The other unknown is DeMarcus Cousins. Again per Jason Jones, the team has yet to hear the results of their appeal of Cousins' 13th technical foul of the season. The 13th tech draws an automatic one game suspension. Jones reports that the team believes the foul will be rescinded, but if it isn't the Kings will be without Cousins.

But worry not, gang. No Cousins, no Thornton, Oklahoma City, what could go wrong?

Tonight is an early game, with tip off at 5:00 PM PDT. Game threads are set for 5 and 6:30. Go Kings!

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