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The Lakers, minus Anthony Davis, are about to take on the Kings

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the Los Angeles Lakers And the Sacramento Kings Hope you get back on winning tracks when you meet up on Wednesday night in California’s capital.

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The Lakers won twice in a row before opening a three-day, two-game trip without LeBron James and absorbing 130-104 in Phoenix at the hands of the Suns Monday night.

At the same time, the Kings were also chasing a third straight win but they did it in their home court, watching the Charlotte Hornets come to town and walk away with a 125-119 win.

Los Angeles and Sacramento met once earlier this season, with the Kings winning 120-114 on the road in November in a game where the Lakers also missed James.

This time, they’ll be without Anthony Davis, who injured his right foot in a 126-108 home win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

James scored 33 points in 37 minutes in the absence of a friend in a 119-117 home victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday, then sat out the second night of a back-to-back game in Phoenix.

On Wednesday he’s expected to return to a position where he’s had more than his fair share of success in his career, going 7-3 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, 2-1 with the Miami Heat, and most recently, 2-1 with the Lakers.

James scored at least 30 points six times in those 16 games, including a 51-point blast for the Cavaliers in 2009.

The Lakers weren’t sure when Davis would return, so James admitted it was up to the current group of healthy bodies to get together and win as much as possible to keep the club close enough in the Western race. The hope is that a late round can carry the team into the postseason and toward another championship.

He said of Davis’ injury “a minor setback before a big comeback”. “We’re going to try to hold the fort as long as possible until we get the No. 1 player back. I hope he has a clear mind and takes his time and understands that it’s only temporary.”

Like last year, when the Lakers (11) and Kings (12) were separated by just three games and both narrowly missed out on the Western Championship, both clubs currently find themselves in a tight battle at the bottom end of the playoff picture. Sacramento will take the field 3 1/2 games ahead of the Lakers, who will currently be outside the 10-team Western postseason.

Domantas Sabonis (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Diaron Fox (32 points, 12 assists) both hit a double-double in the previous win in Los Angeles, and both come off brutal games in Monday’s loss to the Hornets.

Sabonis scored 28 points and grabbed 23 rebounds against Charlotte, while Fox scored 37, but didn’t prevent a disappointing opening in six games.

Kings coach Mike Brown, who once coached James in Cleveland, took time out after Monday’s setback to push Sabonis for a spot on the Western All-Star team.

“He’s just a very special player,” insists the first-year Kings coach. “There aren’t a lot of players who have the skill set that he has around the league at this position.”

–Field Argument Level

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