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November 12, 2013
Malone promises no 'wholesale' changes

Kings coach Michael Malone still has not revealed his starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

He said there will not be a makeover in philosophy. After all, these are all the same players from training camp and the Kings have only played six games.

"We're not going to make wholesale changes," Malone said. "... We made a couple of adjustments to the lineup, nothing major by any means."

More on the lineup from Malone:

"We'll continue looking at it, we'll have shootaround tomorrow and we'll put a lineup on the floor tomorrow night that we feel will give us the best chance to win."

Malone said the team has been receptive to the changes. But after a 1-5 start, poor shooting and spotty defense for most of the five-game losing streak, it's hard to argue with change.

"You look at the field goal percentages some of our guys are shooting and it's no where near where it needs to be," Malone said. "No one is trying to miss shots but when you lose five games in a row changes are in order. It's never personal."

One player that could be a part of the change is Ben McLemore. Malone has praised the rookie since training camp. He's wanted to bring him along slowly, but McLemore's time might be now.

That's what I write about for tomorrow's newspaper. The story should appear online by midnight.

The three Kings struggling the most shooting are Marcus Thornton (33.3 percent, 27.6 percent on threes), John Salmons (26.8 percent, 21.4 percent on threes) and Patrick Patterson (36.6 percent, 22.2 percent on threes).

Rebounding is another area of concern. Patterson is averaging 4.7 rebounds in 25.9 minutes.

Jason Thompson, who was the starter at power forward before Patterson, is averaging 5.2 rebounds in 19.4 minutes, second on the team only to DeMarcus Cousins (9.7).

Travis Outlaw averages 3.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes, third on fourth on the team. That's another area Malone figures to address with the changes.

The options at small forward if there is a change would be Outlaw and Luc Mbah a Moute.

McLemore seems to be the logical option at shooting guard if Malone sits Thornton, unless he
looks to Jimmer Fredette (who could also see more time off the bench).

We shall see Wednesday.



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