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Mike Malone explains reasons for frequent fouling

Malone explains fouling plan
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Mike Malone admits that the Sacramento Kings needed to regularly foul the Utah Jazz due to their growing injury list.

Mike Malone has claimed that the Sacramento Kings decided to foul the Utah Jazz frequently due to their growing injury concerns in the loss on Monday night.

DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay were ruled out before the game and the Kings were dealt a further blow when Isaiah Thomas was forced off in the third quarter due to illness.

The Kings made life difficult for the Jazz by regularly fouling the hosts in the second half, but the new tactic failed to prevent a 106-99 defeat.

"Some of our guys were like, 'Oh boy, what are we going to do now?' Now we have Isaiah, Rudy and DeMarcus all out.' It was shell shock," Malone told reporters.

"I'm going to do everything I can to extend the game and give us a chance to win. They were having their way with us, but we always try to identify certain guys who may be poor free throw shooters."

Sacramento have lost 14 of their 20 away games this season.

DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings sits on the court after a hard foul during the game against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on January 22, 2014
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