As well as some things have gone for the Kings and their trio of big men lately, there's still work to be done. Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson have adjusted to the rotation and agree they are improving defensively. Dalembert said things can get better on offense, too. "We've still got a lot of work to do, but I think as a whole we've started to look for each other on the high-low and take advantage of us being big," Dalembert said. "We're going to be bigger than some opponents." A lot of that high-low action happens when Cousins has the ball in the high post and finds teammates. Cousins showed off some of his passing ability in the first half of Tuesday's 116-113 win over the Phoenix Suns by picking up six of his season-high eight assists. Dalembert said he learned how to play off big men who were good passers from his time with Chris Webber in Philadelphia. Cousins has shown he is adept at finding teammates cutting to the basket when he's patient and doesn't force passes into tight spaces. Dalembert left in the first quarter for an X-ray and was diagnosed with bruised ribs. He returned to action in the second quarter. Back in the mix - Omri Casspi hadn't played the last three games until he entered in the third quarter against the Suns. Casspi had been the starting small forward when Francisco García was out for 21 games because of a strained left calf. Recently, Casspi had fallen out of the rotation in favor of Donté Greene. Coach Paul Westphal said Greene's defense had earned him more playing time. With Greene playing more, the Kings went 4-1 on their recent trip.
Big men's impact grows
Sacramento Bee | Mar 30