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Kings notes: Ailing Patterson sits out

Published: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Kings forward Patrick Patterson did not dress for Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets at Sleep Train Arena because of a sore lower back.

Patterson missed his second consecutive game because of the injury. He practiced Tuesday and had been listed as probable for Wednesday's game.

Before the game, Patterson said this was the first time he has had back problems.

"It's just one of those things that happens during the course of the season over the course of a game," he said. "There was no one moment that comes to mind where it happened."

Besides the back problems, Patterson has been dealing with a sore right thumb in recent weeks.

"I just jammed it on Cole Aldrich's elbow during a little pregame warmup," Patterson said.

Patterson has worked out with tape on his hand to deal with the injury.

"I just wear the tape on it because I'm trying to get used to it, work on my shooting form," Patterson said. "The tape has helped me in practice, but as far as in games, I've been missing too many shots. It's something I'll probably finish out the season with, with the tape."

Patterson had made just 4 of 17 shots in his last three games before the back injury.

Patterson said he's adjusted to the tape, but he has to manage discomfort when shooting.

"The only thing is just the pain," he said. "Every time I catch the ball, dribbling the ball, shooting the ball, just dealing with that (pain). As far as (shooting) mechanics, it helps out with making sure the ball is in the middle of my hand."

Looking ahead – The Kings leave for San Antonio today to start a three-game trip, their final one this season.

The Kings have four games left, all against teams that have clinched Western Conference playoff berths.

Two of the games on the trip are against division leaders (San Antonio on Friday and Oklahoma City on Monday). The other is against Houston on Sunday.

Of the Kings' eight road wins, only one (last month at Golden State) has come against a team with a winning record.

The Kings close the regular season next Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers, who have clinched the Pacific Division title.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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