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Kings focus on getting themselves open to improve their offense

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter (15) on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Kings have made themselves easier to defend during their three-game losing streak.

If players try to dribble too much rather than pass of if spacing is poor, the Kings become an easier team to stop and create turnovers against. That’s especially true if the Kings aren’t 100 percent, as they haven’t been lately.

Kings coach Michael Malone said Monday’s practice featured drills designed to give the Kings better spacing and emphasize ways to get open.

“We have to do a better job of setting ourselves up,” Malone said. “Setting screens to get open and when we’re lazy in our setup and we don’t set screens you allow Tony Allen, who is a good defensive player, just to blow it up. In the second half he basically took Rudy (Gay) out of the game. I have to help these guys out with that.”

▪ DeMarcus Cousins (virus) is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against Toronto. He was undergoing more tests Monday.

“He wasn’t here today,” Malone said. “Optimistic he’ll back with us tomorrow and a chance to play tomorrow night. They’re just trying to make sure he’s cleared to play and hopefully he’ll be back for shootaround tomorrow.”

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