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October 19, 2013
Kings still experimenting with lineups

PORTLAND, Ore. - I was able to stop by practice before catching my flight to Portland for Sunday's preseason game against the Trail Blazers.

Kings coach Michael Malone said the only starters he'd settled on for Sunday's game were DeMarcus Cousins (of course) and Greivis Vasquez.

"Greivis is going to start, just because of his ankle," Malone said. "We want to make sure he's in the game, he's warm.

This will also be the last game before Malone goes with the starting lineup and rotation he plans to use for the season opener Oct. 30 against Denver.

"We'll use Golden State and the Clipper game as our last two opportunities to get more game-type minutes," Malone said. "We're not set on a lineup yet. We'll use the Portland game tomorrow evening as another opportunity to evaluate who we are, where we're at and who we think best suits us in the starting lineup."

*Malone also touched on how the Kings are progressing on offense and defense. Defensively he sees progress.

The second preseason game against the Lakers remains the best showing for spacing and ball movement.

But Malone wants more consistency:

"I think we have a tendency, especially our guards, to overdribble at times and we get ourselves in trouble. Once we get off the ball and the ball starts moving, it's amazing. We start getting much higher-percentage shots, uncontested looks. But sometimes I think we're trying to do too much sometimes instead of trusting the offense we overdribble, we overpenetrate, we get ourselves into trouble so that's got to get better. But we've done some good things. We've executed at a decent level to this point."

Luc Mbah a Moute was taking part in some light drill work during the portion of practice open to the media.

Mbah a Moute has missed the last three preseason games with a sore right knee and wants to play next week.

"We brought him in here with expectations," Malone said. "High expectations to help us on the defensive end on the floor, to help us in the locker room. To do those things obviously he needs to be healthy and he needs to be able to practice and play in games."

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