Kings notes: Patterson keeps his distance – and that's a good thing

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 4, 2013 - 5:55 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Patrick Patterson's accurate perimeter shooting is something the Kings hope to take advantage of as he becomes more acclimated to his new teammates in Sacramento.

Kings coach Keith Smart said it will take the team's guards time to familiarize themselves with Patterson and where to find him on the floor.

Wednesday was Patterson's third game with the Kings since he came to the team last Wednesday from Houston.

"He does understand how to get to spacing spots on the floor," Smart said of the third-year power forward. "… He may not be in the area of the floor some of our other (forwards) have been. (Guards) have to keep an eye on him. He understands spacing very, very well."

The Kings entered Wednesday's game against the Orlando Magic shooting 43.9 percent, 23rd in the NBA. Patterson's accurate shooting (51.7 percent this season) should aid that and create better scoring chances for his teammates.

Starting power forward Jason Thompson has a good touch from the perimeter, but Patterson has more range, Smart said. Patterson and Thompson could complement each other on the floor, the coach said.

"(Patterson is) going to space to the three-point line, while at the same time be able to put the ball on the floor," Smart said.

"Jason plays closer to the basket, but Patrick has the ability to space the floor very, very well. I think, at times, we'll be able to have both of those guys on the floor at the same time."

Patterson had 13 points and seven rebounds in the Kings' 125-101 win over Orlando.

Still no Aldrich – Center Cole Aldrich is still not with the team after last week's trade.

He remained in Sacramento for medical tests while Patterson and Toney Douglas joined the team Saturday night in New Orleans.

Aldrich also is working on his conditioning.

Smart said Aldrich still could join the team for Friday's game at San Antonio but is more likely to be with the Kings on Sunday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

Et cetera – Douglas made his Kings debut Wednesday with eight points, four assists and two steals.

• The Kings have swept four season series this season – all two-game series against Eastern Conference teams. Sacramento swept Orlando, Washington, Cleveland and Toronto.

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