The Kings are coming off yet another winless week, hurt even more by the fact that they had good chances to win each and everyone of the games, a common theme of the last few weeks. The Kings are playing a lot better than they were in December and November, but its still not getting results in the win column.
One of the problems is the Kings lack consistency in almost all their players. That was the greatest thing about Tyreke Evans last year, how consistent he was. Night in and night out, he would be around the 20/5/5 mark of his average. This year though, dealing with plantar fasciitis and other problems has caused a bit of a regression in his statistics and you don't know whether Good Tyreke or Bad Tyreke will show up each night. His last three game point totals show that: 16 points on 6-16 shooting, 16 points on 7-13 shooting, and then a career high 35 points on 14-29 shooting. He also needs to work on his decision making down the stretch, as crucial turnovers (he had 5 or more in the last two games) and poor shot selection has helped contribute to these late game collapses.
The Kings are also looking for progress in their other young star, DeMarcus Cousins, who really needs to learn patience and how to control his emotions. He has so much potential, and the fact that he had two more 20 point games this week and I still don't think he was all that great says a lot.
In other news the Kings recalled rookie Hassan Whiteside from a poor D-League experience in Reno. Despite leading the league in Block Shots per 36 minutes, Whiteside did not see much time on the floor for Eric Musselman's Bighorns. Musselman has not officially commented on the matter, but Ailene Voisin has reported that it could've been due to an extremely poor attitude by Whiteside while in Reno, which is unfortunate.
On the injury front the Kings have lost swingman Francisco Garcia for a little bit as he re-injured his left calf during a practice last week. He'll likely be out for a few weeks. The Kings have started both Donté Greene, and more recently, Omri Casspi in his place.