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March 25, 2012
The Morning After: Williams' debut comes during crunch time

OAKLAND - Terrence Williams' debut for the Sacramento Kings caught him by surprise.

It came with 8:19 left in the Kings' 111-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at Oracle Arena.

Williams signed a 10-day contract with the Kings last Wednesday and has practiced once with the team.

But Kings coach Keith Smart gave Williams a chance to play. Williams had good moments in short time, especially with his defense, but also had a late miscue.

Williams had five points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in seven minutes. But Williams also had two turnovers - including one with 15.6 seconds to play on a fast break that would have given the Kings the lead.

The Kings trailed 109-108 at the time.

"I'd seen Tyreke (Evans) and at the last second I was trying to get the ball over there," Williams said. "And then I'd seen Klay (Thompson) run into the picture so at the last second I tried to grab it and then it slipped again. It's not something you script, it happens in basketball games."

With more efforts like Saturday's the Kings will almost assuredly keep Williams around more than 10 days.

Williams was the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and after stops in New Jersey and Houston that did not work out, he has plenty to prove.

Ideally the Kings would like to have two aggressive defenders the team can count on nightly to patrol the perimeter.

Giving Williams a look now is a low-risk deal that could yield benefits in the future.

"He's new to the fold but I liked what he did (Saturday)." Smart said. "I can see that he's a pro player, an NBA impact player. Once he gets acclimated to how we want to play, as he keeps growing with us for the short term right now, I think he's going to be much better. He's showing what he can do defensively which is really, really good. He knew how to body guys up so that's a positive to see him play that way."

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