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Postgame notes: Might Ray McCallum rest a little more in Portland?

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 11:18 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 7:45 am

Ray McCallum is gaining plenty of experience.

He’s played at least 43 minutes in the last eight games, a Sacramento record for a rookie, including 45 in the Kings’ 107-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday at Sleep Train Arena.

The only guard the Kings have on the bench is Jared Cunningham, who joined the Kings on a 10-day contract last Monday.

The Kings play at Portland on Wednesday, so it might be a good time to get a look at Cunningham, who could end up signing with the team the rest of the season and become a part of the team’s plans in the offseason.

“We’ll kind of see how the game goes and the flow of the game,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “Obviously Ray played a ton of minutes tonight. That’s why I wanted to get him out at the very end with the game out of hand and playing tomorrow night.”

McCallum shot 3-for-14 against the Thunder and is 9-for-40 in his last three games since scoring 27 points last Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Malone could play McCallum a lot against Portland since the Kings will have two days off before their next game.

“Ray’s a trooper, he wants to be on the floor,” Malone said. “I thought Jared, in the short minutes he played tonight, did a very good job. He was active on defense, good athleticism, attacked the basket a few times. Maybe we’ll try to get Jared in a little more tomorrow with it being a back-to-back.”

• With Rudy Gay (lower back strain) out, Malone started Travis Outlaw instead of Derrick Williams.

Williams has struggled lately on both ends of the floor. He hasn’t scored in double figures in his last 10 games.

He’s averaging 4.2 points and shooting 33.3 percent over that span.

“Travis has been playing well lately and obviously he did a great job playing tonight,” Malone said. “He carried us to start the game.”

Outlaw had a season-high 24 points.

• Willie Reed arrived in time to make the flight to Portland after being called up from Reno.

Reed said he didn’t leave Reno until about 7:30 p.m. and arrived at Sleep Train with about eight minutes left in the game.


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