INDIANAPOLIS Three games into the season, Kings coach Keith Smart is sticking to his plan to play 10 to 12 players a night.
In Saturday's 106-98 double-overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Smart used 10 players, with each logging at least 11 minutes and seven playing more than 20 minutes.
In the three games, only Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton have played more than 100 minutes total.
"It's a difficult thing to do because you've got to get guys in the right kind of rhythm," Smart said. "I just have to make sure I get our primary guys the right minutes, and everyone else will start to filter in."
Second-year forward Tyler Honeycutt is the only King to have dressed for a game and not played this season.
After helping spark a run in Friday's loss at Minnesota, guard Jimmer Fredette did not play against the Pacers.
So Smart wants all of his players ready because depending on a matchup, he might need a certain player more than normal.
"I think the team understands that we have a team of 12 guys that can play on any given night," Smart said. "Anyone that we dress can play and have a moment in a game."
Rebounding woes Entering the regular season, Smart was concerned about defensive rebounding.
The Kings have shown why, being outrebounded in each of their three games.
Indiana outrebounded Sacramento 67-47, including 21 offensive rebounds by the Pacers.
Three Pacers had double-digit rebounds, led by forward David West with 18. Guard Paul George had 17 and center Roy Hibbert 10.
Et cetera John Salmons was inactive for a second consecutive game. The veteran swingman had been away since the Oct. 10 preseason opener for the birth of his third child.
Smart does not plan to use Salmons until he has improved his conditioning after being away from the team for so long.
Salmons rejoined the Kings on Thursday in Minnesota.
After games on consecutive nights, the Kings will not practice today.
Sacramento will open its home schedule Monday at 7 p.m. against the Golden State Warriors at Sleep Train Arena.
The Kings' first three games were the home openers for each opponent.