While I thought the Hornets game was winnable, I really didn’t expect the Kings to punish the Hornets the way they did in the first half. And while I’d like to say I didn’t expect the Kings to blow their 23 point lead once they had it, well….yeah.
Tyreke Evans made a surprise start after Team Tyreke insinuated that he’d be out at least a few games and Evans promptly had probably the best game of his season. He had a bounce in his step we became accustom to last season, so, hopefully that sticks around. Was it just a short rest that helped out the PF? Who knows, but, he looked much more like the Tyreke we all know.
The Kings once again played solid basketball, something they’ve done the past week or so, despite the fact they have zero wins to show for it. Turnovers and poor free throw shooting continued to haunt the Kings though as they watched their massive lead evaporate, looking like a wounded dog in the process. DeMarcus Cousins continued his solid play but once again struggled with ball security, turning the ball over five times – four in the second half.
The optimist in me sees that the Kings are becoming a bit more competitive and are playing better basketball than they were three weeks ago. The effort, generally, has been much improved along with the ball security issues that haunted them early in the year. Don’t get me wrong – they have a long way to go, but, it’s an improvement.
When the Kings put together a solid 40 minutes or so, the wins will come. I see the light. It’s a small light. Minuscule, even. Matter of fact, I need a pair of binoculars to see it. But I see it. And it’s getting closer.
Oh wait. Shit. That’s a train. Oh shit, that’s a train!