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February 13, 2013
The Morning After: Was Smart right to stick with Brooks and T-Rob?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kings coach Keith Smart takes plenty of grief from fans for some his lineup decisions.

And I received my fair share of messages about Smart's decision to play Isaiah Thomas 23 seconds and Jason Thompson 1:48 in the fourth quarter.

Smart stuck with Aaron Brooks (11:37) and Thomas Robinson (7:36) for during the fourth quarter of the Kings' 108-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on Tuesday night.

"I thought Thomas did a great job of fronting the post against on Zach Randolph," Smart said. "Aaron was playing well. I've done it before and I thought we had what we needed on the floor at that particular time but obviously we weren't able to pull it all together and pull this win out."

Perhaps Smart was right on this one.

The plus/minus is just one way to measure how players worked on the floor, but Brooks and Robinson weren't liabilities based on their plus/minus.

Brooks was a team-best plus-4 in 20 minutes with 10 points, four assists and one turnover.

Brooks' four assists tied DeMarcus Cousins for the most on the team in 16 fewer minutes.

Robison missed five of his six shots, but was a plus-2, second best on the team. He grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes.

Thompson was a minus-2 and Thomas a minus-11.

*The Kings became the first road team to score 100-plus at FedExForum in the loss. The Kings had 69 points in their loss last month here.

*The Kings had a season-high 28 fast-break points. Surprising a team that plays so much better in transition hasn't reached 30 fast-break points yet this season.



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