Don't Make Me Use The Bat
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Afflalo ( C+ ) -- the good? Well, was part of the starting unit, which it was generally better to be than be part of the bench tonight. Didn't stretch the floor, but worked more as a mini-Rudy with midrange and post stuff. Got heavy minutes as Joerger trusted his defense and decisionmaking more down the stretch, but not sure he was great in those aspects.
Cousins ( A ) -- look a Kings player just notched 40pts 12reb and 8ast, becoming the 12th guy in NBA history to do that. I'm not going below an A. Just waded through helpless Laker defenders and was our sun and moon tonight -- whenever he left, we just stopped. That said, enough warts to lose the "+", including early TOs, missed FTs, and what could have been a big oopsie on a late goaltend on a 3pt shot.
Koufos ( C+ ) -- ineffective numbers and what he got were a direct result of Cuz. But actually played some good backline defense during his minutes. Lack of offense meant he got chased by Lakers smallball.
McLemore ( B- ) -- went through stretches where he was absolutely still career-high hot from three, and it was a big help. But also had a number of decisionmaking errors, the worst of which was allowing a Lakers breakaway rather than catching his own ball for a travel. Defensive shakiness probably what gave Afflalo the late minutes instead.
Collison ( C ) -- I almost went lower, but the burden he is having to bear is going to keep his grades afloat until he has no excuses again. Started off the game helping Cuz, but ineffective without him, and near the end of half developed massive butterfingers. Got torched in the 4th by Lou Williams, and went through one of his unclutch TOfests as we tried to give the game away. Did hit one big wide open three. Missed another in the final minutes but Cuz saved us.
Barnes ( B ) -- better than his numbers tonight. Came in in our dead quarter missing and missing his threes, but he showed some control as pretend-PG, got us a few hoops, and mostly gave us great hustle. Two huge offensive boards late were critical in saving our bacon as we once again were in a one-possession game.
Cauley Stein ( B- ) -- not terribly effective in the first half as the Lakers sat on his rolls, he regressed into passivity on the boards, and he showed little else on either end. But was very effective in his second half minutes, got rolls to the hoop from several people, knocked balls away for steals, and generally was much more lively and effective.
Tolliver ( C- ) -- made several really nice plays, including an unusually strong rebound for him, and an unusually competent post up over a smaller defender. But there just weren't enough of them. He missed his threes, wasn't on the glass otherwise, and his -17 in 19 minutes nearly countered Cuz's +19.
Richardson ( INC ) -- there has been some regression here. made one or two saavy plays, but mostly played like a rook during the quarter when we could not score, and never returned.