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Kings’ Coach Joerger on Lineup: ‘We’re Going Small’

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Big isn’t always better. Just ask Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger, who’s ready to make wholesale changes after the team’s 4-9 start to the season.

“I’ve seen enough,” Joerger told reporters after the Kings’ 121-115 loss to the LA Clippers on Friday night. “We’re going to play small.”

That means moving DeMarcus Cousins, who had 38 points and 13 rebounds, to center and surrounding him with smaller players. Kosta Koufos, who started at center on Friday, did not play in the second half vs. the Clippers.

Along with sliding Cousins to center, Joerger inserted point guard Darren Collison to play alongside Ty Lawson, and he moved Arron Afflalo to small forward and Rudy Gay to power forward.

Source: Associated Press

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Tyronn Lue: Cavs Can’t Get Satisfied with One Win

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Down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Saturday’s Game 3, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had desperation on his side as his team played with a have-to-have-it edge in their 116-86 blowout of the Boston Celtics.

Now Lue is tasked with distilling that same sense of urgency for 48 hours heading into Monday’s Game 4 (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). “We know what it takes,” Lue said after the Cavs’ film session on Sunday. “We did it before. We’ve got a lot of veterans, a veteran crew and they know what it takes to win. We can’t get satisfied with just one win. It’s just one; we’ve got to come out [Monday] night and duplicate it again.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Luka Doncic to Make Decision on NBA Draft ‘Soon’

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Eight months after helping Slovenia to its first European Championship, Luka Doncic added a Euroleague title to his ever-growing mantel, which now also includes the Euroleague MVP and Euroleague Final Four MVP awards.

When asked by ESPN following Sunday’s victory what his next move is, Doncic said: “I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell.”

Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN

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D’Antoni on Rockets Blow Out Loss: We Played ‘Soft’

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Coach Mike D’Antoni used the most damning four-letter word in the NBA vernacular — “soft” — to describe the Houston Rockets’ performance in the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history.

The Golden State Warriors routed the top-seeded Rockets 126-85 at Oracle Arena in Sunday’s Game 3 to regain the series lead in the Western Conference finals.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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