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November 29, 2012
Notes from Thursday's practice

Another day at practice where there wasn't a lot in the way of news.

The curtain that separates the media from seeing practice was raised in time to see some scrimmaging.

*Jimmer Fredette had a nice step through move to get into the lane for a lay up.

*Fredette was playing some shooting guard in practice.

*There were times during the scrimmage James Johnson was defending DeMarcus Cousins.

*Keith Smart on increasing Tyreke Evans' minutes (he's averaging a team-high 32.4):

"I would like to get that up, yes, but I also want to make sure that he's productive in those minutes."

Smart wants to make sure there isn't too much dead time for someone playing 40 minutes. So rather than have that player taking breaks on the floor, he'd rather sit him and play someone fresh.

*When asked about the Kings lack of free throws during some games, Smart said the Kings are doing a good job of getting to the paint and looking for contact but couldn't say why they don't shoot more free throws.

(Yes, he avoided a fine).

"We've got to do a better job of putting pressure on guys off the dribble and forcing them to put a hand on us and draw fouls," Smart said.

*Smart is still concerned with the Kings' defensive rebounding. Sacramento began Thursday 28th in total rebounding (39.57 per game) and is outrebounded on average by 4.64, the third largest differential in the league.

The Kings just allowed Kevin Love to grab 24 rebounds.

"That's a man's job because you've got to get it," Smart said. "You just have to have mindset that you're going to get 20 rebounds tonight. As a guard you're going to get 10 rebounds and that's the mindset that you've got to have."

Smart on ways the Pacers are different from the team the Kings played Nov. 3 in Indiana:

"David West is getting the ball a lot more in areas where he's comfortable scoring right now."

"George Hill is just playing very well."

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