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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-01Spencer Hawes is ready to take baby steps.

And he did that on Saturday night.

While he was merely one of the many Kings players who turned in a subpar effort at San Antonio, he was able to produce enough late to perhaps take him out of the confidence funk he has been in lately. The third-year center had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the 113-94 loss, although 17 points came after halftime when the game was all but decided.

"I've never really had a stretch where I've been down on myself like this, and I never should have let myself get here no matter how I'm playing," Hawes told The Sacramento Bee. "You don't really blame anybody but yourself (for being in this position), but you do have to put a chip on your shoulder. You have to flip it and use it to motivate you."

His position, of course, starts on the bench. It's a far cry from actually starting, which Hawes fully expected to do this season. But Kings coach Paul Westphal has yet to see enough solid or consistent play from Hawes to reward him with a starting role. He continues to opt for Sean May and Jason Thompson in the frontcourt and wasn't about to reward Hawes with any kudos after the Spurs game, either.

"Did he have a good game?" Westphal asked when a reporter's question held that premise. "OK. I don't think anybody really played that well for us. I'm glad he got some numbers, but we got outworked by them in every category that mattered defensively. That's what I was looking at. I don't mean to take anything away from him."

SPURS 113, KINGS 94: A night full of Kings miscommunications on defense and horrible attempts to stop the Spurs' endless pick-and-rolls led to a blowout, with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan doing the damage. The veteran team exploited the youthful Kings in that respect all night long.

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Added: November 1, 2009


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