Saturday's morning practice was over, and most of the Kings had retreated to the training area for rest, packs of ice and a head start on getting on the bus back to the hotel.

But Tyreke Evans was in no rush to leave the court. He opted to take more jump shots with teammate Isaiah Thomas and coach Bobby Jackson.

That's "a step" toward improvement, said coach Keith Smart.

"He's trying to grow," Smart said. "He could easily be one of those guys, icing, talking to guys. But he knows where he's at. But that's the thing, seeing him now, four years in, it's starting to sink in. 'When coaches were trying to get me to come back and shoot, that's why. Oh now, I know.' Now the motor's churning."