Kings coach Keith Smart would like it if the team wouldn't do things that make it easier to defend, such as standing and holding the ball.

The Kings promise they are working on that.

"Those are old ways we've got to get rid of," said Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. "It's easier said than done. When you've been in that mode two or three years, it's hard to get rid of."

When the Kings have fallen into that habit, they have been forced to take tough shots and have become turnover-prone.

Avoiding that was an emphasis before the Kings played the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night at Power Balance Pavilion.

In Sacramento's losses in the first two games to the Trail Blazers this season at Portland, that habit, coupled with physical play by Portland defensively, contributed to blowout losses by the Kings.

"We would like it to be we just snap our fingers and it's just done, but it's not going to happen overnight," Cousins said. "We're going to continue to get better. It's going to take time."