Kings notes: Fredette fails to provide spark this time

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 - 7:46 am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the second consecutive game, Kings coach Keith Smart looked to Jimmer Fredette for a spark after he sat the entire first half.

This time, it didn't work out.

The second-year guard was scoreless, missing all four of his shots from the field, and had three turnovers in the Kings' 85-69 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at FedExForum.

Fredette scored 12 points in the second half of Wednesday's win over Washington. But he couldn't duplicate that against the Grizzlies as the Kings played their worst offensive game of the season.

Fredette was one of two active players (forward Travis Outlaw being the other) who did not play in the first half, when the Kings scored 30 points. His only basket didn't count because he was called for traveling.

"It can be tough, for sure," Fredette said. "You're just sitting on the bench, and then you come off in the third quarter and you're a little bit cold. But you just try to do the best you can."

Smart used guards Marcus Thornton and Aaron Brooks off the bench in the first half.

Neither could find his rhythm, either, as they combined to finish with four points on 2-of-8 shooting.

Smart considered going to Fredette earlier with the offense struggling. He is the team's best three-point shooter (43.5 percent) but didn't check in until 5:49 remained in the third quarter.

"I thought about that, but obviously it didn't happen," Smart said. "I won't second-guess it. I thought we could get something going right away. (I) didn't want to get into another matchup where it would be a post-up situation. But it happened; we'll move on."

Fredette said he had good looks that just didn't go in.

He believes he must make those shots, regardless of when he enters the game.

"Some games it's worked out well; this game it didn't as well," Fredette said. "You've just got to continue to play through it, play hard, and hopefully those shots will fall."

Ticket grab – Outlaw was a popular man before Friday's game. He is from nearby Starkville, Miss., and said he needed 33 tickets for family and friends.

So when Outlaw checked in with 3:40 left in the third quarter, "Let's go, Travis!" could be heard from the stands. He had eight points and four rebounds in the loss.

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