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October 8, 2010
Wright's turn at small forward

Antoine Wright will get his chance to audition for the starting small forward job Sunday when he starts Sunday at Golden State.

Wright didn't play in Thursday night's loss to the Clippers.

"We want to get a good look at Antoine," said Kings coach Paul Westphal. "I don't like to play a guy two or three minutes in a blowout and say you had a chance."

Westphal knows Wright from their time together in Dallas, where Wright was a starter and key contributor for the Mavericks when Westphal was an assistant coach.

Marcus Landry started the first two preseason games at small forward. Westphal said of the players that played that position during against the Clippers, Donte' Greene had the best showing.

Greene had 10 points and "played hard" according to Westphal. Greene has been at the bottom of the small forward rotation during camp after showing up overweight and then struggling on the court.

"I won't say Donte's had a good camp but I know Donte' can be a good player," Westphal said.

*Today's practice was long, which was expected after the Kings no-showed against the Clippers.

"Nice day of training camp again today," Westphal said. "We had a lot to work on based on last night. If we would have played with as much intensity last night as we did in practice it would have been a little bit better showing. It's a good step in our development. We got better today."

As tired as the Kings looked at times against the Clippers, there are no breaks on the horizon. The team has practiced everyday since camp began Sept. 28.

Here's Westphal on the subject of giving the Kings a day off:

"I know they're tired, but this is training camp. And as much as everybody would like to see us in midseason form after nine days that's not going to happen. We're going to be tired, we're going to be cranky. We're going to be confused and disorganized. But we're getting a little better each day. We'll give them a day off when I think that we can afford to have that happen and have it be better than us rather than practice."

*Beno Udrih (sprained right shoulder) and center Hassan Whiteside (strained left patellar tendon) are out for Sunday's game. Center Samuel Dalembert (strained left adductor) practiced in halfcourt scrimmages. He's still listed as doubtful for Sunday.

Dalembert had been out since last Sunday's open scrimmage and hadn't practiced much prior to that scrimmage because of the injury. The Kings need to get a look at Dalembert, but won't rush him back on the floor and risk further injury.

Dalembert stayed after practice to take jump shots with assistant coach Pete Carril. Jason Thompson also stuck around for extra work.

*Sunday's probable starters against the Warriors are:

G Tyreke Evans
G Francisco Garcia
F Antoine Wright
F Jason Thompson
C DeMarcus Cousins

--Jason Jones

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