Kings coach George Karl has settled on his primary eight players.
That doesn’t mean Karl doesn’t want to look at other players. He has said he’d like to find minutes for Seth Curry, who has been impressive in brief appearances.
But it’s difficult to do that when Curry is the third guard at either spot. Curry played seven minutes on Friday in Minnesota when Rajon Rondo received six stitches during the game. And when Rondo was suspended for last Tuesday’s game against Houston, Curry played 21 minutes.
Karl said he’s not sure how to get Curry on the court consistently. Rondo and Darren Collison handle all the minutes at point guard.
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Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli are the shooting guards, and it’s not uncommon for Rondo and Collison to play with Belinelli or McLemore.
“That’s a tough question,” Karl said. “Every morning, (the coaches) talk about playing more players, but when you get into the nature of the game, it is my instincts. ... None of my ones, twos or threes are playing poorly, so there’s no reason to take minutes from anybody.”
Curry is shooting 55 percent from the field, including 53 percent on three-point attempts, in limited minutes. He’s played in 13 games this season, averaging about 10 minutes per game.
“I hope Seth is patient, and I think sometimes experimenting at home is easier to do than on the road,” Karl said.
Curry played 10:32 against the Wizards on Monday, scoring three points. He shot 1 of 3 from the field and 1 of 1 from the free-throw line.
Multipurpose trip – Playing the Wizards on Monday with an off day Tuesday gives Rudy Gay a chance to continue his charitable work.
Gay, who is from nearby Baltimore, will host a Christmas toy drive Tuesday in his hometown. It will provide 100 children from the Baltimore City Public Schools with $250 gift cards from Target for a shopping spree.
It’s not the first time a King has done charity work on an off day. During last month’s five-game trip, Rondo had two events for his foundation, which included hosting youth for a dinner the day the Kings won at Milwaukee.
Moreland update – Kings forward Eric Moreland had surgery Monday for the broken foot he suffered last week in practice before the team’s trip. He is expected to resume basketball activities in eight weeks.
The surgery repaired a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Moreland joins rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein (dislocated right finger) on the Kings’ injury report.