Chuck Hayes would like you to know he is more than a post defender.
Hayes was able to showcase that during Sunday night's 117-111 win over the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena.
Hayes is usually called on to deal with burly post players like Utah's Al Jefferson. But with DeMarcus Cousins on the bench with foul trouble, Hayes was on the court late against the Rockets and their wide-open attack.
So if that meant leaving the paint to challenge a shot, Hayes was up to the challenge.
"I can guard," Hayes said. "Sometimes a perimeter player has the edge on me but it's no different if he tries to drive on somebody else. I kind of sensed coach was going to rock with me the rest of the fourth quarter and they do a spread pick-and-roll and it was more about timing. You've got to time the tag to help out the big man and when they throw the ball you've go to be on a jet to close out on them on the three-point line."
After the Rockets made 13-of-20 shots in the third quarter, they shot 11-or-26 in the fourth quarter.
Hayes ended up being a key to slowing down the Rockets, even though they weren't throwing the ball into the post.
"(Sunday) I just felt he had the right posture to be able to switch out on some of their guards or rotate out to a shooter," said Kings coach Keith Smart.
Even though the Rockets scored a lot, Hayes was pleased with how the Kings played defense late.
"Sometimes you don't have to be a great defensive team, you just have to get stops when they're needed.," Hayes said. "...They gave us their best shot but when it was needed we made plays on offense and got stops on defense."
Read more articles by Jason Jones
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at email@example.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.