Another Summer League game, and another close loss, as the boys in purple lost 91-86 Monday evening. The Kings lead for the majority of the game but lost the lead late again, which seemed like a carbon copy of Friday evening’s game.
Kings rookie Point Guard Tyreke Evans had another strong game, pouring in 33 points which included going 17 of 19 from the charity stripe. Evans however was the only King to have a strong game as the rest of the team continued to struggle, which included second year big man Jason Thompson. Thompson has yet to get it going so far, struggling against sub-par competition and continues to be bothered by foul trouble which plagued him all of last season.
Rookie forward Omri Casspi again struggled, and didn’t score until late in the 3rd quarter which was greeted by a mock cheer from the Summer League crowd. Casspi finished with 2 points in his 17 minutes of action.
The Kings had no answers for Bucks Forward Joel Alexander who finished the night with 24 points and 7 rebounds in a dominating performance.
Overall, it was another poor performance by the young Kings as they struggled to hold onto their lead for the second consecutive game. Tyreke Evans shouldered the one man show again, but was unable to keep the Kings afloat despite his solid effort. Evans still is having trouble keeping the ball in his hands though, as he committed another 7 turnovers. This could be a huge concern going into the season as Kings Owner Gavin Maloof as well as Head Coach Paul Westphal confirmed earlier in the evening that Tyreke Evans will be the starter when the season arrives.