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February 3, 2012
About the Kings' little guy ... and that block

Kings rookie Isaiah Thomas is listed at 5-foot-9. Talk about a stretch. I'm 5-foot-6, and when I talk to Thomas, we're eye to eye. All of which makes his late-game block against Portland's Wesley Matthews - listed at 6-foot-5 - all the more impressive. Matthews, who was preparing to score on an assist from Gerald Wallace on the break, was surprised by the Thomas, who chased him down, elevevated, and with his left arm extended, swatted the ball away.

A few other post-game thoughts:

• This was easily John Salmons' best game of the season. And while Salmons has struggled - even defensively - the one thing he isn't doing is over-dribbling.

• The Kings won this game with their defense. Their decision-making was terrible for much of the fourth quarter.

• DeMarcus Cousins only played 14 minutes after getting in early foul trouble, but while Keith Smart said he went with the "rhythm of the game" - and there is a lot to be said for that - the second-year center was pretty effective during his brief appearance with eight points, six rebounds and two assists. I just think Cousins needs to be on the floor.

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