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November 18, 2008
Postgame notes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Quincy Douby said he couldn't explain his 0-for-9 performance from the field in tonight's 109-94 loss to Memphis.
And neither could Reggie Theus, but that won't deter the Kings' coach from going to the guard tomorrow against the New Orleans Hornets.
"He'll be fine," Theus said. "As a former shooter, I always believe regardless of what he shot tonight, tomorrow they are going to fall. That's what I believe with a guy like Quincy."
Theus showed no mercy when asked if he thought Douby's misfirings were a hangover from those two make-or-break misses against Phoenix and San Antonio.
"Who knows," Theus said. "I'm going to him and he needs to get over it."
How does Douby explain it?
"Coach wants me to be aggressive with my shots and they just didn't fall," Douby said. "I need to try to get to the free-throw line. You are definitely going to see a better effort tomorrow. I'm going to make up for it."

The other side
The Kings gave the young Memphis Grizzlies their first win in five attempts, which pleased coach Marc Iavaroni.
"It's a step in the right direction," Iavaroni said. "But we have to continue to improve as a team."

Starting block
Bobby Jackson played 21 minutes in the first half and just six in the second.
"I just thought as the game progressed there was no reason to press his minutes," Theus said. "That was my decision."
Theus also decided to give Jackson the nod for tomorrow.
"We just have to go with what we have," Theus said.
Jackson said he planned to talk to his teammates about the team's defensive lapses in Tuesday's loss.
"We gave up too many wide-open shots, wide-open layups," Jackson said. "Our defense has to be there every night. It's just a mind-set. You have to want to play defense. When we aren't scoring or not making baskets we aren't playing defense. That's something I'll talk to the guys about tomorrow and reiterate and come out and put on a better performance."

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