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November 4, 2012
The Morning After: Kings didn't find Thornton enough late

INDIANAPOLIS - Marcus Thornton was the Kings' hottest player on offense during their comeback late against the Indiana Pacers.

But in the second overtime of their 106-98 loss, Thornton didn't touch the ball until he grabbed a rebound with 2:11 left on the clock.

Seems like a long time for the player that forced overtime twice not to touch the ball, especially on a night when the Kings were struggling with their shots.

Thornton was 9 for 18 entering the second overtime.

"When you get hot, you've got long athletic guys and they're going to work to keep you from getting the ball," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "You've got to work to be in great shape and work through all that. I thought he did a good job making some plays and now he's in a great position now playing for us. Now he becomes the marked guy and they're going to gameplan for him in critical moments."

The Kings also have to do a better job of looking for their hot player and not searching for their own offense when it's obvious who needs to touch the ball.

It's only the third game of the season, but it's a habit that the Kings have to break that's held them back in recent seasons.

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