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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-10

Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-11-10It's all about the subplots these days for the Kings.

By the time April rolls around, they'll almost certainly be among the worst of the lottery teams and be looking to add another high draft pick to their young bunch. That reality became even more likely with the recent loss of leading scorer Kevin Martin, meaning now is the time to make the most of the pieces already in place.

To that end, the small forward spot remains the most intriguing. Starter Andres Nocioni is likely to be trade bait as February nears, and his recent play has been more than solid enough to warrant some decent offers down the road. Recently-signed small forward Ime Udoka was effective in his Kings debut Saturday and will be used as a stopgap at times. Where the future goes from there, however, is unclear.

Rookie small forward Omri Casspi was the surprise of the preseason and quickly earned a spot in the rotation. That left second-year small forward Donte' Greene on the outside looking in -- until Saturday. Greene had 10 points and played well enough to gain favor with Kings coach Paul Westphal again. They both produced in the Kings' win over Golden State on Sunday, with Greene scoring 17 points and Casspi adding 12. From this point on, it becomes a question of who develops quicker and can secure their spot as part of the Kings' future.

KINGS 120, WARRIORS 107: If this was a battle of the bottom feeders -- and it was -- the Kings look to be the better of the bad teams. They used a 24-9 run to pull away in the third, shooting a nearly-identical percentage to the Warriors (49.4 to 50.6) but used 29 second-chance points to win it.

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Added: November 10, 2009


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