DENVER The Kings began their six-game road trip Saturday night at Pepsi Center against the Denver Nuggets with coach Keith Smart looking to keep some form of normalcy.
The Kings have six games in 10 days. Smart said the Kings will still practice when they have days off that do not follow back-to-back games and that he will try not to wear them down.
"When you get over the 41, 42 mark of the season, players on all teams, they're tired of practice," Smart said. "So you've got to shorten practices. Try to utilize the video room to have the guys see on video."
Smart said he would stay with his practice of working out in a city as soon as the team arrives in a different time zone.
The Kings are off today and play at Washington on Monday. The next opportunity for practice would be Tuesday in Boston, followed by Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Kings' next opportunity for extended practice days will come at the end of this trip, their longest of the season, which ends Feb. 4 at Utah.
The Kings do not play again after that until Feb. 9, when they host the Jazz.
Practice at coaching Denver guard Andre Miller provides a steady veteran presence for the Nuggets.
Saturday morning, Miller was more instructive than usual.
"Andre ran shoot-around today," said Nuggets coach George Karl. "He did the first 20 minutes of shoot-around today. He was really good."
The topic came about when Karl was asked if Miller's influence would be the same on teammates if he weren't playing in a game. Karl said Miller is one of the few players that could do that.
Miller is in his 14th season and has long been considered one of the more cerebral players in the league.
Bouncing back After not playing at all in Friday's loss to Oklahoma City, Aaron Brooks came off the bench to lead the Kings with 16 points in Saturday's 121-93 loss to the Nuggets.
It was the first game Brooks didn't play in which he wasn't coming off an injury or illness.
Rookie watch Thomas Robinson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings against the Nuggets.
It was his third double double and second in his last three games.