Kings notes: Patterson makes 'easy' transition

Published: Monday, Mar. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Coming off the bench and adjusting to new teammates hasn't been rough on Patrick Patterson.

The 6-foot-9 forward was a starter for the Houston Rockets before being traded to the Kings on Feb. 20.

But he has quickly become a player coach Keith Smart likes and trusts.

"The transition was easy for me," Patterson said Sunday. "Coming to a team where I know a bunch of the guys, where the play calls defensively are similar to what they were in Houston …

"The toughest transition is offensively, trying to learn sets, trying to learn the plays, trying to fit in."

Patterson could start the Kings' next game, at home against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, if the NBA suspends center DeMarcus Cousins after his flagrant foul 2 in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to Milwaukee. Jason Thompson would shift from forward to center.

Patterson said he wants to bring a defensive mentality to the Kings, who have played without one for much of the season. The Kings also like Patterson's three-point shooting ability.

Patterson is studying to catch up on the Kings' offense after being given a crash course in their basic sets.

"I don't have all the (offensive) plays down, but defensively, it's been pretty smooth," Patterson said.

Excused – Forward James Johnson was absent Sunday for personal reasons.

That left the Kings with 12 players, one below the maximum who can dress for games. There is no timetable for Johnson's return.

Locker shift – Isaiah Thomas initially took the locker vacated by Francisco Garcia after last month's trade to Houston.

But veteran Toney Douglas, who came in the trade with the Rockets, now has that prime corner locker.

Thomas has gone back to the locker he has had since last season, next to fellow second-year player Jimmer Fredette's.

Still passing – The Kings finished with 23 assists.

They have recorded at least 20 assists in 11 consecutive games.

Thomas led the Kings with nine on Sunday, matching his season high for the third time this season.

Et cetera – Thompson moved into seventh place on the Kings' all-time career list for rebounds in the Sacramento era, passing Peja Stojakovic (2,581).

• The Kings will take today off and practice Tuesday.

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