While his foot was still in a walking boot, Tyreke Evans watched how well Marcus Thornton fit in with the Kings. When Evans was cleared to play, one thing he didn't want to do was detract from Thornton's success. Seeing how well Thornton and Beno Udrih played together, Evans simply wanted to step in and help keep things going. Four games into his return from plantar fasciitis, Evans is easing his way back into the lineup. His return gives Kings coach Paul Westphal a welcome problem – how does he get the most out of Evans, Thornton and Udrih? If the limit on Evans' playing time is lifted, Westphal will have the option of playing Evans more than the 28 minutes he played Wednesday at Denver. "All three of them are playing so well," Westphal said. "It's what good teams need. The more good players and players who complement each other, the better success you have in this league." Westphal has used all three guards together. Westphal said Wednesday he hadn't decided whether Evans would return to the starting lineup tonight. In Wednesday's loss, Evans had 22 points and seven assists, Thornton scored 27, and Udrih had 12 points and 10 assists. "Actually, it's going better than I expected," Udrih said. "We're all getting shots, assists or whatever. We just play. They get to play a little more off the ball with me being the point, and we can run screens away with them, and they can come off the screens and be aggressive." Since Evans returned last Friday, the Kings haven't had a full practice to work out any issues that have come up in games.
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