Kings notes: Starter at power forward is not set in stone, Malone says

Published: Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 - 10:57 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Barring injuries, Kings coach Michael Malone knows who four of his five starters will be every night.

But at power forward, a position the Kings have tried to stabilize for years, he will take a game-by-game approach the rest of the season.

Reggie Evans was back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Evans started at Detroit on Tuesday, taking Jason Thompson’s place.

“Right now Isaiah (Thomas), Ben (McLemore), Rudy (Gay) and DeMarcus (Cousins) will be our steady starters if you will, and depending who we’re playing and the matchup will dictate who we go with at the power forward position,” Malone said.

Derrick Williams started Wednesday at Philadelphia because the 76ers use a smaller, athletic power forward, Thaddeus Young.

Malone opted for the more rugged option in Evans against Chicago. Thompson came off the bench for the third consecutive game after starting 57 games this season.

“They’re a physical front line,” Malone said of the Bulls. “They post those guys up so much with (Carlos) Boozer, Taj Gibson off the bench and (Joakim) Noah, a very good offensive rebounding team. I just (felt) Reggie (would) give us the best chance to compete in the post and help us with our defensive rebounding.”

Evans grabbed eight rebounds, and the Kings outrebounded the Bulls 55-40 and matched their season high set Jan. 27 at Utah.

Today at Minnesota, Evans likely will start to deal with Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and center Nikola Pekovic. Love is second in the NBA at 13.0 rebounds per game, but he is coming off a six-rebound effort in a loss at Charlotte.

Sacramento milestones – Thomas needs one more three-pointer to tie Doug Christie for ninth in franchise history. Thomas has 315 three-pointers after making 2 of 5 attempts against the Bulls.

Thomas also needs one assist to reach 1,000 in his career. He would be the eighth player in Sacramento history to have that many in his first three seasons with the Kings.

Saturday, Thomas had five of the Kings’ 12 assists, one above their season low.

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