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December 28, 2011
The Morning After: Tyreke Evans still trying to find his way

PORTLAND, Ore. - Tyreke Evans is still trying to figure out the Kings' offense this season.

He's not the only one. And the Kings have had only four games (two preseason, two regular season) to figure out how to best prevent what happened in Tuesday's 101-79 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Evans took eight shots in the game, making only two. He also had a game-high five turnovers.

After two fouls in the first quarter Evans said: "I just never found a rhythm."

The Kings relied on Evans' scoring in his first two seasons, but now that's not supposed to be the case.

That probably explains why Westphal wasn't alarmed that entering the fourth quarter Evans had taken only five shots.

"Honestly I don't care who takes the shots as long as we take good shots," Westphal said. "Some nights he's going to get a lot of shots other nights he won't."

When it comes to learning the offense, Evans has it found that it gets him going smoothly just yet.

"To be honest with you it's harder," Evans said. "We get confused sometimes with where we need to be at. We've just got to keep playing and try to fight through it. We've only had a short time to work with it."

Evans isn't sure how long it will take for the offense to click with regularity. He just knows it has to happen.

If not, there will be more nights like Tuesday in Portland.

"I don't know about easier but we've got to make it that way," Evans said. "If teams play us like that every night it's going to be tough to get in our offense. We've just got to find a way."



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