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Harry Giles making impact on Kings, and coach Dave Joerger is thrilled

Harry Giles making impact on Kings, and coach Dave Joerger is thrilled
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Dec 16, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger during the game against the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Bigs, beware. Harry Giles III is coming for your minutes.

The 20-year-old rookie is starting to make an impact on a nightly basis, which was evident Thursday night in his 23-minute stint inA the Kings' 112-102 winA over the Detroit Pistons.

a€œI feel like Ia€™m just at the point where I can just be free and have some fun out there and compete at a level I feel like Ia€™m comfortable [with] out there,a€ Giles said. a€œIa€™m in it now, so Ia€™m playing and just having fun and competing and doing what I do.a€

Kings coach Dave Joerger pulled Giles over after the game, and had a few words with his young center.

a€œI grabbed him after the game and told him, a€˜I feel like you're getting better and the work that you put in, youa€™re getting better,a€™ a€ Joerger said.

It was a big moment for Giles. After being in and out of Sacramento's rotation through the first half of the season, he seems to be building momentum, and his coach is rewarding him for his efforts.

a€œHe embraced me, he encouraged me, it felt amazing,a€ Giles said of the encounter with Joerger. a€œThata€™s what ita€™s all about.a€

Against the Pistons, Giles went toe-to-toe with All-Star center Andre Drummond, who has a huge weight advantage over the Kings reserve. Giving up a minimum of 30 pounds to the 7-footer, Giles did his work early and kept hisA body on Drummond as much as he could.

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