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‘Sharing the ball’ is key for Kings coach Tyrone Corbin

The Kings would like to play at a faster pace but not play recklessly.

In many games the Kings play as if an increased tempo means whoever brings the ball across halfcourt needs to shoot the ball immediately.

Coach Tyrone Corbin would like to see the Kings get into their offense early but also have the discipline to not force shots or make decisions that lead to turnovers.

“Don’t push it if it’s not there, especially if we’re not having success doing it,” Corbin said. “If we’re scoring the ball and we have a couple possessions where we get down early and we have success with it, that’s fine. But if it’s miss, miss and they get back, we want to make sure we get into a good set and make them play against our halfcourt offense.”

Making sure that happens is also dependent on who is making the decisions with the ball to start the offense.

The Kings have run into problems when players who should not be initiating the offense try to do that.

Corbin said the Kings have sets that don’t require the point guard to run them, but when those aren’t there, he wants the players to find Darren Collison or another point guard to put the offense in order.

“If it’s not there, get it to (Collison) so he can get us set in our offense,” Corbin said.

Coming off a loss Friday at Cleveland in which Sacramento had only 15 assists, Corbin said more patience is needed, even when trying to play at a faster pace.

If the Kings can get the ball to the right people and do so willingly, Corbin believes the offense can be more effective.

“Just sharing the ball,” Corbin said. “I thought we had too many opportunities (against Cleveland) where it was one pass and a shot. Make sure we come down, push the pace and get the ball down the floor quickly but try to get through the progression of our offense.”

That’s been emphasized from the start of the season, but the Kings continue to struggle to make that happen.

Entering Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Kings were last in the NBA at 19.5 assists per game.

Checking for Quincy – The Kings signed forward Quincy Miller to a second 10-day contract Friday before playing Cleveland. Miller played eight minutes against the Cavaliers.

Corbin said the 6-foot-9 Miller is still learning the Kings’ system but could eventually help space the floor with his shooting ability that extends out to three-point range.

“He’s a big who can step out on the floor and make some shots for us,” Corbin said.

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