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October 12, 2010
Postgame blog: Injury updates and praise for Jackson

Kings coach Paul Westphal didn't seem to concerned about Francisco Garcia's sprained right ankle.

Garcia didn't appear to be walking with too much discomfort after the game.

I ran into Samuel Dalembert briefly. He said he'd be fine even with the news he could miss four to six weeks.

*Westphal was really impressed with the play of Darnell Jackson. The forward might have been seen as just a training camp body last month, but the injuries in the frontcourt have given Jackson a chance to play a more prominent role.

Jackson's statistics aren't noteworthy: six points, six rebounds. But Westphal spoke highly of Jackson, much in the way he spoke about Jon Brockman last season.

Jackson was the player acquired from Milwaukee when the Kings traded Brockman.

"Darnell Jackson was the difference," Westphal said. "When we had guys in foul trouble he came in and gave us some great minutes, not statistically, but he's always plugging, rotting and covering up, getting rebounds in traffic."

Westphal said Jackson played a "really smart game" tonight.

*The small forward race might begin taking shape. For the second time lately, Westphal had nice things to say about Donte' Greene's play and the role of Omri Casspi.

Casspi had 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Greene started and had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals.

"I like Casspi off the bench," Westphal said. "I think he gives us a really nice niche...And I like Donte. I thought hre really showed the kind of impact he can have on a game. Donte' really played well I thought."

--Jason Jones

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