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November 29, 2013
Postgame notes, video: Marcus Thornton is back in the mix

Notes from tonight's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers:

*Marcus Thornton is back in the rotation as the backup shooting guard.

"He's had some really good practices lately and has been putting in a lot of extra time," said coach Michael Malone. "The way he's been playing and shooting the ball in practice gave him an opportunity to have a matchup between him and some bigger guards."

Malone said he spoke with Thornton and Jimmer Fredette before the game. Malone said the situation is not ideal, but he is waiting to see if either guard can seize the minutes behind Ben McLemore.

Thornton had four points and three rebounds.

*Hamady Ndiaye played the backup minutes at center behind DeMarcus Cousins to deal with the athletic big men from the Clippers (a total of 4 minutes, 56 seconds).

Malone said that Chuck Hayes, who did not play, is healthy and that Hayes will still play, calling Hayes the Kings' best low-post defender.

*Jamal Crawford (31 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds) owns the Kings. He's averaging 19 points on 51.2 percent shooting against the Kings in three games this season.

*Derrick Williams had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. His passing is what caught my eye. He pushed the ball in transition and looked ahead for plays, which helped out Ben McLemore more than once.

"I just try to get everybody involved," Williams said. "I think that just coach letting me (push the ball), once I get the rebound, just letting me push the ball. I think it really helps. Finding Ben, I know Ben's going to run out and I know he's super athletic. So why not throw it up there for him, and it gets me in the tip. So I'm just trying to get everybody involved."

Williams certainly adds an athletic component to go with McLemore.

Or as Greivis Vasquez said: "I can get assists just by throwing the ball near the rim."

*The Kings execution was shoddy to close the game. The game was tied at 98 in overtime and the Kings couldn't produce a basket in the final two minutes of overtime.

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