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January 26, 2013
The Morning After: Friday's role is no guarantee Jimmer will play more

For one night Jimmer Fredette was the backup point guard.

Kings coach won't promise that will be the case tonight.

Smart went with Fredette ahead of Aaron Brooks in Friday night's loss to Oklahoma City.

Fredette played 18 minutes. Brooks didn't play at all.

Jimmer played four minutes in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix after not playing in the two games prior to Wednesday.

Asked if he might go with Fredette in a similar manner in future games, Smart would not commit to the kind of rotation change.

"I never say yes today," Smart said after the game. "I always look at the personality of the game. The personality of the game dictates a whole lot of things for our basketball team. So I'll at the game in Denver (tonight) and see how we play that one and see where (Fredette) is."

Fredette wasn't spectacular (six points on 2-of-8 shooting, three rebounds, one assist, one turnover), but statistically Fredette has been one of the more efficient Kings all season.

Fredette is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA (42 percent) and has shown the willingness to pass to an open teammate.

Concerns over certain match ups continue to limit Fredette's minutes along with the fact he might have played his best as the backup shooting guard (Marcus Thornton's role).

So we'll see tonight if Smart sticks with Fredette and keeps Brooks waiting.

*Chuck Hayes didn't play at all Friday, his first DNP-Coach's Decision of the season. That leaves Jason Thompson as the only King to play in every game.

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