Okay, while I enjoyed most of that game, there were a few things that really made me want to shove a fork in my eye. Mainly, this moronic starting lineup that Paul Westphal continues to throw out there. Listen, Sean May and Desmond Mason are good guys…and I’m fine with them wearing the purple and black, but, these two do not need to be any place near the Kings starting five. At all. Both have enough talent and game left in them to come in for a few minutes off the bench, but the Kings are constantly put into holes with this starting five…and it’s for little wroth as Mason and May only play the first few minutes of the game anyway. Just enough to get us into these holes…
Past that, and the quick 15 point deficit, that was a pretty fun yet gut wrenching game to watch. Kevin Martin was absurd on the offensive side of the ball (48 points on 27 shots) – talk about a heat check when he hit that deep three pointer late in OT. He was a good three feet behind the line.
Tyreke Evans was obviously slowed by his turned ankle and was not himself, despite his solid defense for most of the game.
Cast-off and hated point guard Beno Udrih performed well off the bench (at least offensively) as he stepped up and made some huge plays, most noteably the pass to Hawes for the game tying layup as well as a few jumpers in the lane late. Credit where credit is due, the dirty Slovanian had a pretty nice game last night despite my personal feelings toward the turnover machine.
Spencer Hawes might have had the best game of anybody, outside of Kevin Martin as he ended up just a few assists shy of a triple double, pouring in 21, 11, and 7 off the bench last night.
Andres Nocioni and Omri Casspi rounded out the impressive bench play, and it was Nocioni’s late three in overtime that sealed the 127-116 win, the Kings first this season.
The Kings have the night off but welcome back Mike Bibby and the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow evening.