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July 15, 2013
Ray McCallum has solid showing in summer league loss

LAS VEGAS - Ray McCallum drove to the rim and landed hard in the first half.

Fortunately (perhaps unfortunately) McCallum said he's experienced at taking hard falls.

"It hurt for a little while but I bounced back," McCallum said.

McCallum did a good job finishing the through contact in the Kings 80-66 summer league loss to Golden State at Thomas & Mack Center.

McCallum had 23 points and six steals. Even though he had just one assist, McCallum did a good job driving to find teammates, even if the passes did not result in made shots

"The thing about Ray is he's an extension of the coach on the floor, great feel for the game," said coach Michael Malone.

McCallum is also trying to help Ben McLemore (8-for-35 shooting) find his rhythm after two summer league games.

"The thing about Ben is he's a great shooter," McCallum said. "Great shooters have off nights sometimes. It's definitely a big adjustment for him from college. For Ben, we have a strong connection on and off the court. I know where he likes the ball and where he doesn't. And the thing about it, a great shooter and a great player like that I'm going to feeding him the ball. The only thing he can do is keep shooting and I'm going to keep looking for him."

McCallum also liked that Malone got on the Kings at halftime for a sub par effort that included 13 turnovers.

"I think it's good that he got on us," McCallum said. "Even though it's the summertime that's good because it shows he has a winning mentality and we can't have an effort like that."

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