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Forcing the ball to Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins can be a problem

Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.
Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) reacts during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. AP

The Kings are coming off a 23-turnover effort in a loss at Portland.

The offense bogged down in the final four minutes, with the Kings failing to make a field goal (0 of 2) and committing six turnovers in the 98-94 loss.

There was a lot of giving the ball to DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay and watching them, which the Kings know cannot continue if they hope to end their four-game losing streak.

The Kings are averaging 19 turnovers during the losing streak.

“Obviously we want to get the ball to Rudy and DeMarcus in crunch time, I think we all know that,” said Kings forward Derrick Williams. “But I think some of our turnovers are trying to force them the ball a little too much instead of being out there and just playing, taking open shots when we can.”

Added Williams:

“We’ve got to play together still but when we’ve got open shots we’ve got to take them because the defense is really double teaming Cuz a lot and it’s causing turnovers from that.”

▪ Nik Stauskas has not played the last two games, but coach Tyrone Corbin said there are no plans to send the rookie down to the D-League.

Stauskas is shooting 33.3 percent this season, 27.2 percent from three-point range.

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