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March 26, 2010
Odds and ends from Boston

BOSTON - Just wanted to throw some more notes up:

*Spencer Hawes (lower back strain) said his back felt tight. Paul Westphal said he wasn't sure Hawes was able to get his back loose during the game. And after a hard fall in the third quarter, Westphal decided not to subject Hawes to any more risk of injury.

*Dominic McGuire started because Westphal wanted to have his second ballhandler, Francisco Garcia, as a reserve. With Garcia starting for Tyreke Evans (concussion) the Kings have no other ballhandlers on the bench.

Westphal said Garcia's right wrist that was injured in the preseason weightlifting accident has been bothering him lately.

*More about McGuire. Westphal said with Paul Pierce, LeBron James and Danny Granger coming up, he thought it would be a good time to get McGuire more time.

McGuire has shown he can be a good defender when given playing time.

"Those were my assignments last year when I was starting so I'm real familiar with those guys," McGuire said. "Looking forward to the challenge. Just trying to help this team win moving forward."

*I caught up with Andres Nocioni about this interview with ESPNdeportes.com (here's the same interview in Spanish).

Nocioni didn't say anything crazy. He said mentioned wouldn't mind being traded because he's not a part of the Kings' future.

And as he told me, if you read the whole article, he didn't say anything "bad." I agree there was nothing said worth fussing about. The facts are Nocioni is a well-paid veteran on a team that has two young players (Donte' Greene and Omri Casspi) at his position. And as of late when Greene and Casspi aren't in a lot of the minutes that used to go to Nocioni go to Ime Udoka.

I got into a little more detail in the Kings notebook that should magically appear on the web site in about an hour.

*The Kings did well enough limiting Rajon Rondo's shooting in two games (4 of 16). But Rondo had a career-high 18 assists

--Jason Jones

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