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Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-12-04


Sacramento Kings Getting Inside 2009-12-04Donte' Greene looked like a bust after his rookie season.

Having spent just one season at Syracuse before entering the NBA draft, the 6-foot-10 small forward began his career in Sacramento after being traded from Houston to the Kings in the summer of 2008 as part of the Ron Artest trade. Eighteen months later, he's looking worthy of the 28th pick with which he was taken.

After playing in just two of the first five games this season, Greene has played in 12 straight games. And despite making his way into the league largely based on his scoring ability, he has secured a role as a two-way player who is willing to do the little things coach Paul Westphal has asked for.

Wednesday night was the prime example. After turnover trouble limited Greene's minutes despite his start, he had the play of the game with a little more than a minute left against Indiana. With the Kings up 105-100, Greene got his hand on an inbounds pass then hit the floor for the loose ball and quickly called timeout.

This came just three games after he scored a career-high tying 24 points against New York. And while Greene's line of two points in 13 minutes against the Pacers wasn't nearly as flashy, Westphal was just as pleased.

KINGS 110, PACERS 105: The Kings had to flex their muscles on defense for once against the Pacers on Wednesday night at Arco Arena, holding them to 43.5 percent shooting. They won despite losing the rebounding battle 49 to 39. The win was the fourth straight for the Kings, who improved to 9-8.


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Added: December 4, 2009

 

 
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