Kings notes: McCallum doesn’t mind playing heavy minutes

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 9:36 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 7:54 am

After not playing most of the season, Kings rookie Ray McCallum will not complain about playing too much.

In his eight starts entering Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, he had played no fewer than 43 minutes a game.

McCallum continues to play a lot while Isaiah Thomas is out because of a right quadriceps contusion. Thomas missed his ninth consecutive game Wednesday.

McCallum said no matter how much he plays, he would not ask coach Michael Malone to take him out of a game.

“No, never,” McCallum said. “Any minute I can get on that floor, I love every opportunity I can get and try to take full advantage of it. Just go out there and compete whether it’s the whole game or whatever.”

McCallum said fatigue is not a problem, even as he endures a shooting slump. He was 9 for 40 in his last three games before Wednesday.

“I feel good. I feel fine out there,” he said. “I feel like I’m in good shape, I can run up and down the court all day. I really don’t think that’s an issue these last few games.”

No Kings rookie has played so many minutes over eight games. But as DeMarcus Cousins said, McCallum has “fresh legs” after not playing much before the All-Star break.

After Wednesday’s game, the Kings have two days off before back-to-back games at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday and against Minnesota at Sleep Train Arena on Sunday.

“It’s been kind of crazy to go from not really playing to playing the whole game, but it’s been great for me,” McCallum said. “I’m getting a lot of experience and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Long trip – No King did more traveling to make the Portland trip than forward Willie Reed.

The Kings recalled Reed from the Reno Bighorns from the NBA Development League on Tuesday night because of injuries to forwards Rudy Gay and Reggie Evans.

Reed’s transportation from Reno to Sacramento arrived about 7:30 p.m. and got him to the game against Oklahoma City with about eight minutes to play.

Reed was dressed and active against the Trail Blazers.

Back issues – After sitting out Tuesday because of a sore lower back, Evans played against Portland. Jason Thompson stayed in the starting lineup at power forward for Evans.

Gay (strained lower back) did not play.

Sticking around – Wednesday was the last day of guard Jared Cunningham's 10-day contract with the Kings, but they plan to sign him for the rest of the season.

With Thomas still ailing, McCallum and rookie Ben McLemore are the only other healthy guards on the Kings’ roster.

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