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Coach Joerger addressed some of the team’s ups and downs after practice yesterday.

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After 20 games, the Sacramento Kings and head coach Dave Joerger are taking the break in the schedule to get some practice time in and look at some things in terms of what is working, what isn’t and doing some lineup analysis.

Following practice Tuesday at Golden 1 Center, Joerger spoke to the media about his 10-10 Kings.

On addressing over-dribbling:

You try to figure out the “why” I think. I don’t try to just beat people over the head with don’t do it, don’t do it – no, figure out why are we doing it. We do it when we get tired, we do it because we are young and we’re just trying to make a play. Nobody is trying to be selfish, it’s just when we get frustrated or we don’t know what to do, then we go to individual.

On Harry Giles’ foul trouble:

Your awareness increases with experience, you know, what’s coming next, what position you need to try to be in before you have to lunge or reach, and that just takes time and experience.

On working Bogdan Bogdanovic into the rotation:

We’ve only had Bogie back for X number of games … I’m trying to figure that one out. That one is the hardest for me of where I put him, what position and some of those things.

What other teams are doing to try to slow the Kings tempo down:

They’re putting a lot of guys in front of De’Aaron [Fox]. You can look at any picture on the video, and we show our guys. Utah had five guys, in fact, the dunk that he had that was fantastic, he went through all five of them and four of the five were in the middle third of the floor, that was what was amazing about that. But yeah, they’re trying to obviously put as many people in a line, so what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to run with them, we’ve got to get out in front of them, we’ve got to flatten people out the corners. And what it should do is open up other things in transition threes for us as we get better and better.

On Willie Cauley-Stein’s up-and-down play in recent games:

I think he came in ready to go and he had a really good start to the season, and proving consistency as a young player can be difficult. Like, this is who I am every single day, because it appears that he made a good-sized jump. So, it takes a lot of energy to be that guy every single day and he’s working through it and hopefully he’ll get back up there to some of those games where … he was terrific … he’s evening it out and he’ll get it straight.

On if there is a status update on Kosta Koufos:

Not yet, tomorrow probably.