Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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33min 20pts (7-15 3-4 3-4) 5reb 2ast 2stl 0blk 1To
Gay ( C ) -- not as good as his numbers. Tried to challenge Gobert early. That went well. yet was somehow doing most of early scoring while looking bad doing it. Then disappeared + was forgotten about after half when we tried to get DC going instead.
34min 16pts (7-22 1-6 1-3) 10reb 4ast 1stl 1blk 3To
Cousins ( F ) -- looked exhausted from the getgo, and this was bad ole tired Cousins of years ago. Slow on everything, didn't want to bang inside. Would make a defensive rotation, and then not rotate back because he had no legs. Mostly just settled for jumpers. Tried to suck it up in the late 3rd and go challenge Gobert, and got stuffed in epic fashion. We can't win without him, and we didn't have him.
13min 4pts (2-4 0-0 0-0) 1reb 0ast 0stl 1blk 0To
Koufos ( C- ) -- seems to be losing purchase on his token minutes, and isn't showing up on the glass or doing a good job bodying big centers at the moment. Got bumped up from a D just for taking over for Cuz and blocking a shot on a Jazz drive that Cuz;s tired legs would not have gotten to.
26min 1pts (0-5 0-3 1-4) 2reb 1ast 1stl 0blk 0To
McLemore ( D ) -- you might wonder how a guy can avoid an F with that statline, but, well, first it was Ben. This happens sometimes. And secondly, thought he gave us some good man D on Hayward in spots. It wasn't much, but enough -- the question I always ask is if this wasn't an F, what would a guy have to do to get one?
Featured Grade 32min 17pts (7-14 3-5 0-0) 1reb 2ast 1stl 0blk 2TO
Collison ( C+ ) -- Truly the tale of one quarter, the third. Collison scored the bulk of his 17 pt's in the third quarter, and basically saved himself an F. Unfortunately, Mack magically became the invisible man in the third quarter, because Collison seemed incapable of seeing Mack every time Mack drove past him on his way to the basket. DC started the game with a bad pass for a turnover. Drove in for a nice floater, and then missed a fifteen foot jumper. He then disappeared for the rest of the first half. When last I checked, Collison is referred to as a point guard, so I would say that two assists in 32 minutes on the floor, is a tad underachieving. That said, his outburst of scoring in the third quarter did help keep the Kings in the game. A game that the Kings would have been blown out much earlier, if not for the Jazz playing give away. --Baja
15min 2pts (1-5 0-2 0-0) 2reb 1ast 1stl 0blk 0TO
Barnes ( D ) -- a "did he play?" sort of night, drifted off several three point shooters to help the Jazz, not on the boards, and didn't hit his shots. In other words, did not help. have to wonder a bit if the offcourt bit has damaged his leadership on the team.
27min 12pts (5-9 2-3 0-0) 5reb 2ast 2stl 0blk 1TO
Casspi ( B ) -- best bencher for the night, hit several threes, and even went in and challenged and finished over Gobert. Got the start after half and helped us sprint out to another lead, then disappeared, and forgotten about by Joerger until too late.
12min 4pts (2-5 0-1 0-0) 2reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Cauley-Stein ( D ) -- hey, he grabbed 2 rebs. That's a big thing, as through 18 games our 7'1" centers is averaging 1.9rebs in 12.8min of action. That's a Per 36 of 5.3rebs per 36. Which is pretty good, for a PG.
17min 5pts (2-6 0-1 1-1) 1reb 4ast 0stl 1blk 3TO
Lawson ( C- ) -- outplayed by Sheldon Mack, whatever the numbers might say. Wasn;t sure what sort of attack her was trying to lead.
24min 3pts (1-5 0-1 1-1) 2reb 1ast 2stl 1blk 0TO
Temple ( C- ) -- we tried to use him on Hayward, and it didn't really work. And we are so reliant on Rudy and Cuz, that when they are off you really feel how punchless guys like Temple are offensively. Couldn't provide spacing.
4min 0pts (0-0 0-0 0-0) 3reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Tolliver ( INC ) -- garbagetime
4min 0pts (0-0 0-0 0-0) 0reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
Afflalo ( INC ) -- garbagetime