The Sacramento Kings prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, and face two major questions. Why didn’t Demarcus Cousins or Marcus Thornton see more playing time in Friday’s loss to Dallas.
The Kings will need both Cousins and Thornton tonight against a very deep Grizzlies squad that is looking to sweep the season series against the Kings tonight. Despite what may or may not be going on between Kings coach Keith Smart and Demarcus Cousins, the team needs Cousins tonight if they have any chance of slowing down Marc Gasol and Zack Randolph. With Memphis deep and talented bench, the Kings will need Marcus Thornton to play bigger minutes, and look to find his shooting touch early and often.
Isaiah Thomas had a big scoring night Friday, but he continued to play a selfish style of basketball that has plagued Thomas and his teammates throughout this season. Thomas had only one assist in Friday’s loss, and has had fewer than two assists in 27 games this season. Thomas is the teams starting point guard, and needs to take it upon himself to create open shots for his teammates. If Thomas wants to be a starting point guard in this league, he needs to think pass first.
Too many talented potential point guards have seen their careers end far short because they simply don’t share the ball like a point guard. Stephon Marbury was an incredible talent, who could score against anyone.While he showed flashes of being a capable passer, Marbury was unable to extend his career and become a valuable player on a competitive team essentially because he didn’t pass the ball or create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Thomas has similar abilities, and seems to have far less of an ego than Marbury, but his inability to share the ball, and help create opportunities for his teammates. Isaiah Thomas needs to realize that when he gets to the basket, defenses collapse on him, and leave his teammates open with good shot opportunities. But Thomas has yet to take advantage, and learn the art of a kick out pass.
If the Kings have any chance at keeping up with the Grizzlies, he will need to rebound from a poor passing game; where he had to take 20 shots to score his 29 points and had only 1 assist. Thomas needs to take it upon himself to be the leader and floor general the Kings need him to be.