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October 11, 2009
Evans, Udrih and Martin together

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Kings coach Paul Westphal offered a little more into his thinking in how he plans to map out playing time at small forward.

Beno Udrih. Kevin Martin. Tyreke Evans.

The Evans-Udrih backcourt has been used in the preseason before Francisco Garcia's injury. Without Garcia, those two along with Martin will help fill the void at small forward.

"Obviously Tyreke and Beno and Kevin are going to play a lot of those minutes at the two and the three spots," Westphal said. "And then there are minutes available and the candidates are (Andres Nocioni) and (Omri) Casspi and Donte (Greene) and Desmond (Mason)."

The Evans-Martin-Udrih combination makes sense for Westphal is his fondness for versatile players that make them interchangeable in his offense.

During Sunday's scrimmage the trio was on the floor together with Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes up front. And each of the guards brought the ball up at some point during practice.

Who plays the role of shooting guard or small forward, however, makes no difference.

"The two and the three are the same on our team," Westphal said. "It depends on who you match up with defensively. There's really not much difference."

Westphal said Evans and Udrih are both playing well, so expect to continue seeing them together on the floor.

--Jason Jones

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