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October 8, 2013
Kings talk offense, turnovers; injury updates from preseason opener

OAKLAND - Some postgame notes and quotes from Monday night's preseason opener that the Kings lost, 94-81, to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors went back to their starters in the fourth quarter and pulled away to win the game late.

"It's preseason," said Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. "I don't understand what that was about but that's what they decided to do. I can't control that."

The Kings biggest issue wasn't who the Warriors played in the fourth quarter. It was the 26 turnovers during the game.

Some mistakes are to be expected in the first preseason game, but giving the ball away that much is a problem, even with a new system.

Isaiah Thomas said a lot of the turnovers were caused by the Kings "going too fast" on offense.

"With me I was just getting too deep (off dribble penetration)," Thomas said. "I was getting too deep where I didn't have no outlet, that's where most of my turnovers were. We've just got to learn from this game. I think we took some positive steps, played pretty well. If the big fella (Cousins) plays well I bet we win this game but he wasn't in the game due to foul trouble."

Cousins missed 8 of 10 shots to finish with nine points, four rebounds, five fouls and five turnovers.

*Cousins was asked if coach Michael Malone's offense was his third and Cousins couldn't resist taking a jab at his former coaches.

"Actually this is my first one," Cousins said.

Cousins was also asked about playing more in the post, which he seemed to do against the Warriors.

"I'm not getting into that," Cousins said. "Y'all feel I should shoot less jumpers. I'm going to play my game regardless. If they play is called where I'm in the post, I'm going to the post. If it calls for me to be on the outside I'm going to be on the outside. I'm going to play my game."

*Malone said Greivis Vasquez (ankle) and Carl Landry (quad) could be held out of Thursday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas.

Vasquez was cleared contact just a week ago after offseason surgery. Landry's situation isn't considered serious, but the Kings won't expose him unnecessarily in the preseason.

"Yeah, Greivis was a trooper down at training camp--got through almost every practice," Malone said. "But we don't want to rush him. I'm not even sure if he'll play the next game. I'll talk with (director of sports medicine) Pete Youngman and (general manager) Pete D'Alessandro about that. Carl, same thing--he's just got a couple of things aching him right now. If he's not 100 percent, we don't want to risk him getting hurt any further."

*I've gotten more questions about Jimmer Fredette not playing Monday night than anything from the game.

It's not as complicated as folks want to make this out to be.

Fredette is at best the No. 3 point guard behind Thomas and Vasquez. If Ray McCallum continues to play as well as reported, Fredette would be the fourth point guard.

Fredette is behind Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore at shooting guard.

I don't expect Fredette to receive no playing time the entire preseason, especially if Vasquez is still working his way back.

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