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January 24, 2012
The Morning After: Game slowing down for Jimmer Fredette

PORTLAND, Ore. - Jimmer Fredette scored 13 points off the bench in the Kings' 101-89 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night.

That is significant in that it was the first time in Fredette's rookie season that he scored in double figures in consecutive games.

Fredette had 20 points in last Saturday's loss at Memphis.

Fredette is starting to look more like himself on the court. It's only been two games in terms of his scoring, but during the last road trip, Fredette began to attack more and not turn down good looks.

Teammates are also finding him better. They don't get him the ball every time he is open but progress is being made.

Fredette said he's starting to figure out the NBA game.

He's shooting just 35.4 percent and making only 33.3 percent of his three pointers.

In Fredette's last two games he's made 10-of-20 shots, including 6-of-10 on threes.

"I think it's starting to slow down a bit for me, for sure," Fredette said. "I'm starting to get used to everything and seeing the ball go in you gain confidence automatically. If you continue to try to play well it will get easier as you play. I still have a lot of things to work on and that keeps me driven but it's getting a little bit better."

While Fredette struggled it would have been easy for Keith Smart not to play him at all. And that's not to say Fredette still won't have his struggles. But Fredette is starting to show us some of what he might be able to do as his career progresses.

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