Patrick Patterson stars in loss to Blazers

Patrick Patterson - photo from
Patrick Patterson – photo from

The shot looked good early and often.

Just don’t try to convince Kings coach Michael Malone that was the best part of Patrick Patterson’s game Sunday night. Yes, Patterson had struggled shooting during the preseason before scoring 27 points in the Kings’ 109-105 loss to the  Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

Patterson was shooting 38.2 percent (13 of 34) before Sunday’s game. But he shot 11 of 18 against Portland, including 3 of 5 from three-point range.

Malone, though, was most encouraged by Patterson’s eight rebounds and the energy and hustle he showed pursuing the ball off the glass and on defense.

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