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  • Mark J. Terrill / The Associated Press

    Kings forward Derrick Williams takes the ball to the basket against Jordan Hill of the Lakers. Williams scored 26 points in a losing effort.

  • Mark J. Terrill / The Associated Press

    Rudy Gay, battling Lakers center Pau Gasol, right, for the ball, led the way for the Kings with 32 points on Friday night. The acquisition of Gay threw Derrick Williams off his game a bit at first.

Williams work in progress

Published: Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 - 11:14 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014 - 8:12 am

“I think with Rudy we’re interchangeable on defense so it makes the game easier on us and on offense the same thing,” Williams said. “He runs the four sometimes when I’m supposed to be. Sometimes we get caught off-guard (by switches) but it does cause mismatch problems.”

For Williams to continue to play well, he has to remain aggressive on offense and not settle for jump shots.

And it also means not driving to the basket even when the path is not clear.

“I think sometimes I got caught doing that,” Williams said. “Just going in there when there were two or three people but (Malone) wants me to be aggressive. Whenever I have a chance to get to the basket I’m going to go. He’s just really looking for me to be aggressive.”

Malone wants Williams to post up smaller players and use his 6-foot-8, 240 pound frame to punish them.

But when he’s matched up against bigger players, Malone wants to see Williams get to the rim.

“We’ve all seen it,” Malone said. “He plays at his best when he’s aggressive and he’s confident and he gets out and runs the floor and he attacks the basket and plays above the rim. When he settles for jump shots and is not as aggressive he becomes a lot easier to guard.”

Considering both squads are among the worst defensive teams in the league, no one was hard to defend.

Jordan Farmar had a career-high 30 points off the bench for the Lakers (20-39). MarShown Brooks had 23 points off the bench.

Gay led the Kings (20-38) with 32 points. Isaiah Thomas added 26.

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