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April 3, 2012
The Morning After: T-Will likes the Kings and Jimmer gets his shots up

Terrence Williams likes the Kings. And the Kings like him.

And Williams wouldn't mind if he were a King beyond this season.

The latest solid showing by Williams was Monday night when he scored 12 points to go with 12 rebounds and three assists as the Kings beat Minnesota, 116-108.

"I'm just trying to do my part," Williams said. "I'm a free agent July 1. I'll take any calls from Sacramento. Hopefully we'll get something to work out. I love it here and I love playing here and I think I fit in well. So hopefully we can a long-term four-deal or a one year."

The Kings are Williams' third team since he was a first-round pick of New Jersey in 2009. Whatever issues dogged him before joining the Kings are not a concern for the Kings, who have admired his skills for some time.

Williams has stood out since signing March 21. His passing, energy, basketball IQ and enthusiasm have jumped on the Kings, who have needed more of all of that for some time.

Williams said he is just playing how he knows to play, not because he thought the Kings needed him to pass.

"I'd be lying if I said I used to study the Kings," Williams said. "... I'm glad it's rubbing off on everybody and we're starting to pass the ball. I think that's good."

Jimmer breaks out

Marcus Thornton leaving in the first quarter with a bruised left calf meant more time for Jimmer Fredette.

The result was 19 points, 14 in the first half.

Fredette had scored 17 total points in his previous four games. It was also the most points Fredette had scored since he had 19 points Jan. 25 at Denver.

Fredette posted career highs in shots attempted (15) and made (seven).

Fredette said Thornton's injury wasn't a reason for him to feel comfortable shooting more.

"You still never know who (coach Keith Smart is) going to call on to play," Fredette said. "But I was able to play pretty well, help the team continue to roll and continue to gain a lead. So I was just feeling good and I was able to help out and we were able to win."

Thornton update

Smart said Thornton was kicked in his leg when he left the game with 3:45 left in the first quarter.

Thornton wasn't sure exactly what happened, he just knew Luke Ridnour was involved in the play and that he was in pain.

"I just know that it hurts," Thornton said. "It feels like my leg is about to explode."

Thornton will be re-evaluated this morning.



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