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October 27, 2013
Malone sees no technical issues in the preseason

Shedding a reputation for being immature won't be easy for the Kings.

Remember Indiana's George Hill saying the Pacers plan to beat the Kings was to "punish the criers" by beating the Kings down the court when they complained last season?

If there was progress in that area during the preseason, it was that no players were assessed a technical foul in seven exhibition contests.

All Kings technical fouls were due to delay of game calls for the enforcement of the new emphasis on not touching the ball after it goes through the hoop.

That's good news to coach Michael Malone.

"We want to make sure we're keeping our composure and holding our poise at all times and not allowing anybody to take us out of our game or what we're trying to accomplish," Malone said.

*As for the starting lineup, Malone said that would be discussed with the team Monday, but said: "I think most of the guys probably have an idea of who we're going to go with."

I'm still going with the lineup that started preseason finale as the likely first team. That would be Greivis Vasquez and Marcus Thornton at guard, John Salmons and Patrick Patterson as forwards and DeMarcus Cousins at center.

*Malone said full preparation for Denver begins Monday. Sunday was used to review film, go over the good and bad of the preseason and work on some sets on offense and defense in the halfcourt.

Malone was pleased with how the Kings shared the ball and the overall effort on defense.

Cutting down turnovers, defending catch-and-shoot situations, transition defense and protecting the paint will remain focuses.

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